And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brothers, and communed with them…
I. THE VARIETIES WHICH GOD HAS MADE AMONG MEN.
II. THE TEMPTATIONS TO WHICH WE ARE EXPOSED TO BE UNTRUE TO OUR DISTINCTIVE NATURE AND POSITION.
III. THE EVIL WHICH WOULD ARISE FROM OUR GOING OUT OF OUR TRUE PLACE TO OBTAIN A VULGAR POWER.
IV. THE WISE CONDUCT OF SOME IN RESISTING THE INJURIOUS TEMPTATIONS ADDRESSED TO THEM.
V. THOSE WHO REFUSE FORMAL RULE MAY BE KINGS IN THEIR SPHERES NOTWITHSTANDING — NAY, ALL THE MORE.
VI. THE WORLD'S KING IS OFTEN THE BRAMBLE AFTER ALL.
(W. Morison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,