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Then Gaal son of Ebed came with his brothers and moved into Shechem, and the leaders of Shechem put their trust in him. Bible

“Gaal.” Related to “to abhor, to loathe.” This would not have been his birth-name, but a name he earned by how he lived.

“Ebed.” Ebed means “servant, slave.” Thus Gaal son of Ebed can mean something like “Loathsome, son of a slave.”

“with his brothers.” This use of “brothers” means relatives, extended family.

“moved into Shechem.” Or, they “crossed through” Shechem, but the fact that they are there for a while seems to indicate they moved in, even if just temporarily (cp. ESV).


Commentary for: Judges 9:26