Judges 8 :31

Judges 8 :31 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

American King James Version (AKJV)

And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

American Standard Version (ASV)

And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

And the servant-wife he had in Shechem had a son by him, to whom he gave the name Abimelech.

Webster's Revision

And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

World English Bible

His concubine who was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.

English Revised Version (ERV)

And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.

Definitions for Judges 8 :31

Concubine - A secondary or inferior wife.

Clarke's Commentary on Judges 8 :31

His concubine - A lawful but secondary wife, whose children could not inherit.

Whose name he called Abimelech - That is, my father is king, or my father hath reigned. This name was doubtless given by the mother, and so it should be understood here; she wished to raise her son to the supreme government, and therefore gave him a name which might serve to stimulate him to seek that which she hoped he should enjoy in his father's right. See the following chapter, Judges 9 (note).

Barnes' Commentary on Judges 8 :31

Abimelech's mother was not reckoned among the wives, being, probably, one of the Canaanite population in Shechem Judges 9:28 : neither was Abimelech himself reckoned with the 70 other sons of Jerubbaal (Judges 9:24. Compare Judges 11:1-2).

Wesley's Commentary on Judges 8 :31

8:31 Shechem - She dwelt there, and he often came thither, either to execute judgment, or upon other occasions. Abimelech - That is, my father the king; so he called him, probably, to gratify his concubine, who desired it either out of pride, or design.
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