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And his concubine who was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech. Bible

“concubine.” Generally, a “concubine” was a lesser wife; a wife of lesser status to the husband, often given as a gift or bought as a slave.

“Abimelech.” That Gideon would name his son Abimelech shows that although he had said to the people that he would not rule over them but Yahweh would rule over them (Judg. 8:23), his heart was changing. “Abimelech” is “Abi” (“my father”) and “melech” (“king”), and “Abimelech” means “my father is king.” It is also possible that Gideon was simply referring to God as “father” here, in the sense of “My God is king.” However, it certainly suited Abimelech’s purposes to later assume that Gideon meant to refer to himself as a king because the son of a king, Abimelech” was a king, which is what Abimelech aspired to be.


Commentary for: Judges 8:31