The Death of Gideon
Then h Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.
Gideon had i seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives.
j And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
Now Gideon the son of Joash died k at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, l in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
So it was, m as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel again n played the harlot with the Baals, o and made BaalBe'rith their god.
Thus the children of Israel p did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side;
q nor did they show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal (Gideon) in accordance with the good he had done for Israel.
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Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, "Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
"Please speak in the hearing of all the men of Shechem: 'Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal reign over you, or that one reign over you?' Remember that I am your own flesh and bone."
Then he went to his father's house at Ophrah and killed his brothers, the seventy sons of Jerubbaal, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, because he hid himself.
Then Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem, to his mother's brothers, and spoke with them and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying.
Then 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 the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.
So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD- Is -Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.
And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.
Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so.
So they gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of BaalBe'rith, with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men; and they followed him.
Now when all the men of the tower of Shechem had heard that, they entered the stronghold of the temple of the god Berith.
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Judges 9:16 - 18
Now therefore, if you have acted in truth and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him as he deserves -