And Abimelech, and the company that was
with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other
companies ran upon all the people
in the fields, and slew them.
And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was
therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that
, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.
And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.
And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were
with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it
on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were
with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done.
And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them
to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.
Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.
But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it
to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.