Judges 9:52
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English Standard Version
And Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it and drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

King James Bible
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

American Standard Version
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and drew near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abimelech coming near the tower, fought stoutly: and approaching to the gate, endeavoured to set fire to it:

English Revised Version
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When the inhabitants of the castle of Shechem ("lords of the tower of Shechem" equals "all the house of Millo," Judges 9:6) heard of the fate of the town of Shechem, they betook themselves to the hold of the house (temple) of the covenant god (Baal-berith), evidently not for the purpose of defending themselves there, but to seek safety at the sanctuary of their god from fear of the vengeance of Abimelech, towards whom they also had probably acted treacherously. The meaning of the word צריח, which answers to an Arabic word signifying arx, palatium, omnis structura elatior, cannot be exactly determined, as it only occurs again in 1 Samuel 13:6 in connection with caves and clefts of the rock. According to v. 49, it had a roof which could be set on fire. The meaning "tower" is only a conjecture founded upon the context, and does not suit, as צריח is distinguished from מגדּל.

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Cross References
Judges 9:51
But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the leaders of the city fled to it and shut themselves in, and they went up to the roof of the tower.

Judges 9:53
And a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head and crushed his skull.

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