Judges 9:57 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 9:57, NIV: God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness. The curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal came on them.

Judges 9:57, ESV: And God also made all the evil of the men of Shechem return on their heads, and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Judges 9:57, KJV: And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Judges 9:57, NASB: God also returned all the wickedness of the men of Shechem on their heads, and the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal came upon them.

Judges 9:57, NLT: God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon was fulfilled.

Judges 9:57, CSB: God also brought back to the men of Shechem all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal came upon them.

What does Judges 9:57 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God's justice always prevails. In the case of Abimelech, God did not allow the murder of Gideon's sons to stand unavenged (Judges 9:1–6). He used an embarrassingly simple means—a woman with a simple stone tool—to crush the skull of the power-hungry murderer. At the same time, God also used Abimelech to bring justice on the men of Shechem who put Abimelech in power in the first place. Those influential Shechemites gave Abimelech silver to hire the criminals who helped kill Gideon's sons.

The sole survivor of that massacre, Gideon's son Jotham, pronounced the curse that eventually came true. Abimelech's fire would devour those men (Judges 9:20). Abimelech killed the last of the people of Shechem and their leaders by setting fire to the safehouse in which they were hiding (Judges 9:49). Here, again, Scripture is clear: the vicious act by Abimelech was the very work of God in fulfilment of Jotham's curse. Abimelech served God's purpose, as did those who killed him.