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So they gave him 70 pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith and with them Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him. Bible other translations

“70 pieces of silver.” It is as if the men of Shechem are giving Abimelech 1 piece of silver for each person they will murder (except Abimelech was excepted).

“the house of Baal-berith.” The “house” is the temple, and “Baal-berith” means “Baal of the covenant” or “Lord of the covenant.” So the people of Shechem had a temple to Baal and called him the Lord of the covenant. No wonder they did not mind supporting Abimelech in the murder of Gideon’s sons.


Commentary for: Judges 9:4