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Judges 9:34

ESV So Abimelech and all the men who were with him rose up by night and set an ambush against Shechem in four companies.
NIV So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies.
NASB So Abimelech and all the people who were with him got up at night, and lay in wait against Shechem, in four units.
CSB So Abimelech and all the troops with him got up at night and waited in ambush for Shechem in four units.
NLT So Abimelech and all his men went by night and split into four groups, stationing themselves around Shechem.
KJV And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.

What does Judges 9:34 mean?

Abimelech is away from the city over which he rules (Judges 9:1–6). Zebul, his governor, has become aware of a threat. A man named Gaal and his relatives are stirring up an open rebellion against Abimelech's rule. Gaal has even bragged that he would remove Abimelech from office by force (Judges 9:26–29).

Furious, Zebul sent a messenger to Abimelech with a strategic plan. Abimelech acted on this wise strategy (Judges 9:30–33). Under cover of darkness, he and his men hid in the hills surrounding the field outside the city's eastern gate. If they attack at dawn, they will be hidden in shadow until they reach the field. Even then, with the sun at their backs, the city's defenders will be blinded by the rising sun. Abimelech's men are also divided into four different companies, so they can attack the gate from four different positions.
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