Judges 9:50 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 9:50, NIV: Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it.

Judges 9:50, ESV: Then Abimelech went to Thebez and encamped against Thebez and captured it.

Judges 9:50, KJV: Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.

Judges 9:50, NASB: Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he camped against Thebez and captured it.

Judges 9:50, NLT: Then Abimelech attacked the town of Thebez and captured it.

Judges 9:50, CSB: Abimelech went to Thebez, camped against it, and captured it.

What does Judges 9:50 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abimelech has laid waste to the city of Shechem and all its people (Judges 9:44–45). He has burned the temple, killing a thousand men and women hiding inside (Judges 9:46–49). In doing so, he has fulfilled the first part of the curse of his brother Jotham after the murder of Gideon's seventy other sons (Judges 9:1–6; 15).

Scripture does not indicate exactly why Abimelech chooses to move against Thebez. Perhaps he wants to expand his territory. Possibly, Abimelech did not directly control this town. Or, the people there were also in rebellion against his rule (Judges 9:22–25). Abimelech and his men capture the city. They breach the outer walls in some way. As did the survivors in Shechem, the people will take refuge in a structure of last defense.

Scholars believe the town of Thebez to be modern-day Tubas. It is a short distance northeast of Shechem.