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Zebul, was the city ruler of Shechem under the rule of Abimelech[1], son of Gideon who previously was made king by its inhabitants 3 years prior.


Former Governor/Official of Shechem[]

He is credited in Gaal's speech to his followers regarding the fact of whether or not serving Abimelech as their king,

"Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him?

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."

- Gaal's boast that he could defeat Abimelech to his followers.[2]

Rebuking of Gaal[]

Offended by the words of Gaal, he secretly warned Abimelech of his scheme and thought of a plan to drive them out of Shechem, convincing him to therefore, that by night, he and his men should lie and wait in the field that when the sun is up, that the men of Gaal come up against them that they may do to them when they find occasion.[3]

Abimelech then did so: when the sun was up, Gaal confused told Zebul the men from the top of the mountains; Zebul in act of bewildering him told him it was just shadows that look like men from the mountain.

And he spoke once more, "See there come people down by the middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim." Zebul in utter revenge, said "Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out, I pray now, and fight with them."

Gaal, determined to win in the fight, was now chased by Abimelech's men out to the city gates. He and his kinsmen.[4]



  1. Judges 9:30 (Link)
  2. Judges 9:28-29 (Link)
  3. Judges 9:30-33 (Link)
  4. Judges 9:35-41 (Link)