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And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:18 king over the men of Shechem. This seems to imply that Abimelech’s “rule” was largely limited to Shechem, the rest of Israel only nominally acknowledging him (Judges 9:22).

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