Judges 9:34
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New International Version
So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies.

King James Bible
And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they lay in ambush against Shechem in four companies.

World English Bible
Abimelech rose up, and all the people who were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abimelech riseth, and all the people who are with him, by night, and they lay wait against Shechem -- four detachments;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They fortify the city against thee - Under pretense of repairing the walls and towers, they were actually putting the place in a state of defense, intending to seize on the government as soon as they should find Abimelech coming against them. Fortifying the city may mean seducing the inhabitants from their loyalty to Abimelech.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Judges 9:33 "In the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you shall rise early and rush upon the city; and behold, when he and the people who are with him come out against you, you shall do to them whatever you can."

Judges 9:35 Now Gaal the son of Ebed went out and stood in the entrance of the city gate; and Abimelech and the people who were with him arose from the ambush.

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Here, 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
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Judges 9:33
In the morning at sunrise, advance against the city. When Gaal and his men come out against you, seize the opportunity to attack them."

Judges 9:35
Now Gaal son of Ebed had gone out and was standing at the entrance of the city gate just as Abimelek and his troops came out from their hiding place.

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