Judges 9:21
New International Version
Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek.

New Living Translation
Then Jotham escaped and lived in Beer because he was afraid of his brother Abimelech.

English Standard Version
And Jotham ran away and fled and went to Beer and lived there, because of Abimelech his brother.

Berean Study Bible
Then Jotham ran away, escaping to Beer, and he lived there for fear of his brother Abimelech.

King James Bible
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

New King James Version
And Jotham ran away and fled; and he went to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

New American Standard Bible
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer; and he stayed there because of his brother Abimelech.

NASB 1995
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

NASB 1977
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

Amplified Bible
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and lived there because of Abimelech his brother.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and lived there because of his brother Abimelech.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and lived there because of his brother Abimelech.

American Standard Version
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yutham fled and he escaped and he went to Debir and dwelt there, where Abimelek was dwelling from former time

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joatham fled, and ran away, and went as far as Baeer, and dwelt there out of the way of his brother Abimelech.

Contemporary English Version
Jotham ran off and went to live in the town of Beer, where he could be safe from his brother Abimelech.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had said thus he fled, and went into Bera: and dwelt there for fear of Abimelech his brother.

English Revised Version
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Good News Translation
Then because he was afraid of his brother Abimelech, Jotham ran away and went to live at Beer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jotham ran away quickly. He went to Beerah and lived there [to avoid] his brother Abimelech.

International Standard Version
Then Jotham escaped by running away. He went to Beer and remained there because of his brother Abimelech.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Literal Standard Version
And Jotham hurries, and flees, and goes to Beer, and dwells there, from the face of his brother Abimelech.

NET Bible
Then Jotham ran away to Beer and lived there to escape from Abimelech his half-brother.

New Heart English Bible
And Jotham escaped and fled and went to Beer and lived there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

World English Bible
Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and lived there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jotham hasteth, and fleeth, and goeth to Beer, and dwelleth there, from the face of Abimelech his brother.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jotham's Parable
20But if not, may fire come from Abimelech and consume the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo, and may fire come from the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo and consume Abimelech.” 21Then Jotham ran away, escaping to Beer, and he lived there for fear of his brother Abimelech.

Cross References
Judges 9:20
But if not, may fire come from Abimelech and consume the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo, and may fire come from the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo and consume Abimelech."

Judges 9:22
After Abimelech had reigned over Israel for three years,


Treasury of Scripture

And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelled there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Beer.

Numbers 21:16
And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

Joshua 19:8
And all the villages that were round about these cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.

2 Samuel 20:14
And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.









(21) Went to Beer.--Since Beer means a "well," it. was naturally a very common name in Palestine. There is nothing to show with certainty whether this Beer is Beeroth in Benjamin (Joshua 9:17), now el Bireh, about. six miles north of Jerusalem (see my Life of Christ, i. 73), or the el Bireh which lies on the road from Shechem to Askalon, or the el Bireh near Endor. Probably Jotham would be safe anywhere in the territories of Judah or Benjamin, without going, as Ewald supposes, to the Beer of Numbers 21:16, on the frontiers of Moab, an ancient sanctuary on the other side of the Jordan, possibly the Beer-elim (palm-well) of Isaiah 15:8.

For fear of Abimelech.--Literally, from the face of Abimelech.

Verse 21. - Jotham ran away. Being close to the top of Gerizim, Jotham had the open country before him. It would take the men of Shechem twenty minutes to ascend the hill, by which time Jotham would be out of sight, and two or three miles on his way. Beer, to which he fled, is thought to be either the same as Beeroth, among the heights of the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 9:17), now El-Birch, "the first halting-place for caravans on the northern road from Jerusalem" ('Sinai and Palestine,' p. 210); or a place called by Eusebius Beta, now El-Birch, eight Roman miles from Eleutheropolis (now Beit Jibrin), and possibly the same as the place of the same name described by Maundrell as four hours from Jerusalem, and two hours west of Bethel; or, as Ewald thinks, Beer beyond Jordan (Numbers 21:16). It is impossible to decide which, or whether any, of these is the place designated as Jotham s place of refuge.

CHAPTER 9:22-57

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then Jotham
יוֹתָ֔ם (yō·w·ṯām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3147: Jotham -- 'the LORD is perfect', three Israelites

ran away,
וַיָּ֣נָס (way·yā·nās)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

escaping
וַיִּבְרַ֖ח (way·yiḇ·raḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1272: To bolt, to flee suddenly

to Beer,
בְּאֵ֑רָה (bə·’ê·rāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 876: Beer -- 'well', a place in the desert, also one in Palestine

and he lived
וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב (way·yê·šeḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

there
שָׁ֔ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

for fear
מִפְּנֵ֖י (mip·pə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

of his brother
אָחִֽיו׃ (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

Abimelech.
אֲבִימֶ֥לֶךְ (’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name


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