New International Version
When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry.
King James Bible
And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
Darby Bible Translation
And Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, and his anger was kindled;
World English Bible
When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
Young's Literal Translation
And Zebul, prince of the city, heareth the words of Gaal son of Ebed, and his anger burneth,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Would to God this people were under my hand - The very words and conduct of a sly, hypocritical demagogue.
Increase thine army, and come out - When he found his party strong, and the public feeling warped to his side, then he appears to have sent a challenge to Abimelech, to come out and fight him.
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LibraryHere, by Way of Objection, Several Questions are Raised. ...
Here, by way of objection, several questions are raised. Scripture relates that God sometimes complied with certain prayers which had been dictated by minds not duly calmed or regulated. It is true, that the cause for which Jotham imprecated on the inhabitants of Shechem the disaster which afterwards befell them was well founded; but still he was inflamed with anger and revenge (Judges 9:20); and hence God, by complying with the execration, seems to approve of passionate impulses. Similar fervour …
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Now Gaal son of Ebed moved with his clan into Shechem, and its citizens put their confidence in him.
If only this people were under my command! Then I would get rid of him. I would say to Abimelek, 'Call out your whole army!'"
Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelek, saying, "Gaal son of Ebed and his clan have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you.
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