The Death of Gideon
f Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house.
Now Gideon had g seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.
And his concubine h who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.
And Gideon the son of Joash died i in a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, j at Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
k As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and l whored after the Baals and made m Baal-berith their god.
And the people of Israel n did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side,
o and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.
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Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, "Let Baal contend against him," because he broke down his altar.
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
"Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, 'Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?' Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh."
And he went to his father's house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.
Judges 9:1 - 2
Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother's family.
As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, like a sheaf gathered up in its season.
Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.
But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family.
And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him.
When all the leaders of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the house of El-berith.
They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.
They did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe.
But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt.
Judges 9:16 - 18
Now therefore, if you acted in good faith and integrity when you made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house and have done to him as his deeds deserved -