Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubba'al, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubba'al, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding, yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubba'al was left; for he hid himself.
¶ And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Ger'izim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.
¶ Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abim'elech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubba'al and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands:
and ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abim'elech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother:)
that the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubba'al might come, and their blood be laid upon Abim'elech their brother, which slew them, and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
And Ga'al the son of Ebed said, Who is Abim'elech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubba'al? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him?
and it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and set upon the city: and, behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion.
Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abim'elech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out, I pray now, and fight with them.
And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and smote them.
And Abim'elech, and the company that was with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields, and slew them.
And Abim'elech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abim'elech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done.
And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abim'elech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.