New American Standard Bible
Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.
King James Bible
When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,
Darby Bible Translation
Abim'elech ruled over Israel three years.
World English Bible
Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.
Young's Literal Translation
And Abimelech is prince over Israel three years,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Had reigned - Rather, "had ruled." It is not the phrase used in Judges 9:6. It looks as if the Shechemites alone had made him king, and the rest of Israel had submitted to his dominion, without allowing his title of king.
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Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.
Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,
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