“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
– Proverbs 18:10 (Cf. 14:26; 29:25).
           The idea of a “strong tower” is a familiar one in the Bible.  In Judges 9 we read the account of the downfall of Abimelech who ruled Israel for some 3 years.  Verse 23 of this chapter says that God sent a “evil spirit” between Abimelech and the men of Shechem, speaking of a real hatred and distrust that ultimately resulted in the men of Shechem “dealing treacherously with Abimelech (not that he was any prize himself).  In the course of God’s providence, there appeared this jealousy, distrust and hatred and God allowed it to work as punishment for the idolatry and mass murder that had been occurring.  
         Abimelech attacked Shechem (v34f),  He “lay in wait” for them in “four Companies”. Gaal the son of Ebed stood in the entrance of the city gate and Abimelech rose up and attacked them.  Gaal resisted with those who were with him and ultimate the army of Israel drove them from the city.  The next day ones described as the “people” went out into what is described as “the field”.  In response, Abimelech saw them and rose against them and slew them.  Then Abimelech and the ones with him dashed into the city and they fought against the city all day and captured the city.  Viciously, Abimelech killed many people and then  razed the city and salted the grounds.  When the so-called leaders of the city, called the “tower of Shechem”  heard of this, they they fled and entered the “Temple of Elbereth”. El was supposedly the father of the gods in the Canaanite pantheon.  It is suspected that this was a reference to the same God mentioned at 9:4.  It was this temple that had supplied Abimelech with money and it seems that now Abimelech returned to destroy it.  This seems to be the tower that is mentioned in 9:51, the “strong tower” that stood in the center of the city.  They eventually ended up on the roof of the tower.



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