Judges 9:29

“And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And would to God this people were vnder my hand; then would I remoue Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine armie and come out.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Would, therefore, that this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If only I had authority over this people! I would put Abimelech out of the way, and I would say to Abimelech, Make your army strong, and come out.
- Basic English Bible

Oh! would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.
- Darby Bible

And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thy army, and come out.
- Webster's Bible

Would that this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech." He said to Abimelech, "Increase your army, and come out!"
- World English Bible

and oh that this people were in my hand -- then I turn Abimelech aside;' and he saith to Abimelech, `Increase thy host, and come out.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech.' And he said to Abimelech: 'Increase thine army, and come out.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 9:29


9:29 My hand - That is, under my command; I wish you would unanimously submit to me, as your captain and governor; for he found them divided; and some of them hearkening after Abimelech, whom they had lately rejected, according to the levity of the popular humour. I would remove - As you have driven him out of your city, I would drive him out of your country. He said - He sent this message or challenge to him. Increase thine army - I desire not to surprise thee at any disadvantage; strengthen thyself as much as thou canst, and come out into the open field, that thou and I may decide it by our arms.


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