Judges 9:53
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New International Version
a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.

King James Bible
And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.

Darby Bible Translation
and a woman cast the upper stone of a handmill on Abimelech's head, and crushed his skull.

World English Bible
A certain woman cast an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, and broke his skull.

Young's Literal Translation
and a certain woman doth cast a piece of a rider on the head of Abimelech, and breaketh his skull,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A piece of a millstone - פלח רכב pelach recheb, a piece of a chariot wheel; but the word is used in other places for upper millstones, and is so understood here by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic.

And all to break his skull - A most nonsensical version of ותרץ את גלגלתו vattarits eth gulgolto, which is literally, And she brake, or fractured, his skull. Plutarch, in his life of Pyrrhus, observes that this king was killed at the siege of Thebes, by a piece of a tile, which a woman threw upon his head.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Judges 9:15,20 And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not...

2 Samuel 11:21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, that he died in Thebez?...

2 Samuel 20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king...

Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

Jeremiah 49:20 Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he has taken against Edom; and his purposes...

Jeremiah 50:45 Therefore hear you the counsel of the LORD, that he has taken against Babylon; and his purposes...

and all to. An antiquated expression, meaning full intention to complete an object. All to, observes Dr. Johnson, is a particle of mere enforcement.

Here, by Way of Objection, Several Questions are Raised. ...
Here, by way of objection, several questions are raised. Scripture relates that God sometimes complied with certain prayers which had been dictated by minds not duly calmed or regulated. It is true, that the cause for which Jotham imprecated on the inhabitants of Shechem the disaster which afterwards befell them was well founded; but still he was inflamed with anger and revenge (Judges 9:20); and hence God, by complying with the execration, seems to approve of passionate impulses. Similar fervour
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Judges 9:52
Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire,

2 Samuel 11:21
Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn't a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, 'Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'"

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