Judges 9:11
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New International Version
"But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'

New Living Translation
But the fig tree also refused, saying, 'Should I quit producing my sweet fruit just to wave back and forth over the trees?'

English Standard Version
But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go hold sway over the trees?’

New American Standard Bible
"But the fig tree said to them, 'Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?'

King James Bible
But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the fig tree said to them," Should I stop giving my sweetness and my good fruit, and rule over trees?"

International Standard Version
But the fig tree asked them, 'Should I leave my sweet, good fruit and go take dominion over trees?'

NET Bible
But the fig tree said to them, 'I am not going to stop producing my sweet figs, my excellent fruit, just to sway above the other trees!'

New Heart English Bible
"But the fig tree said to them, 'Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the fig tree responded, 'Should I stop producing my good, sweet fruit in order to rule the trees?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the fig-tree said unto them: Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruitage, and go to hold sway over the trees?

New American Standard 1977
“But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness and my good fruit to go and sway over the trees?

King James 2000 Bible
But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

American King James Version
But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

American Standard Version
But the fig-tree said unto them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it answered them: Can I leave my sweetness, and my delicious fruits, and go to be promoted among the other trees?

Darby Bible Translation
But the fig-tree said to them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?

English Revised Version
But the fig tree said unto them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

Webster's Bible Translation
But the fig-tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

World English Bible
"But the fig tree said to them, 'Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'

Young's Literal Translation
And the fig saith to them, Have I ceased from my sweetness, and my good increase, that I have gone to stagger over the trees?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:7-21 There was no occasion for the trees to choose a king, they are all the trees of the Lord which he has planted. Nor was there any occasion for Israel to set a king over them, for the Lord was their King. Those who bear fruit for the public good, are justly respected and honoured by all that are wise, more than those who merely make a figure. All these fruit-trees gave much the same reason for their refusal to be promoted over the trees; or, as the margin reads it, to go up and down for the trees. To rule, involves a man in a great deal both of toil and care. Those who are preferred to public trust and power, must forego all private interests and advantages, for the good of others. And those advanced to honour and dignity, are in great danger of losing their fruitfulness. For which reason, they that desire to do good, are afraid of being too great. Jotham compares Abimelech to the bramble or thistle, a worthless plant, whose end is to be burned. Such a one was Abimelech.
Study Bible
Jotham's Parable
10"Then the trees said to the fig tree, 'You come, reign over us!' 11"But the fig tree said to them, 'Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?' 12"Then the trees said to the vine, 'You come, reign over us!'…
Cross References
Judges 9:10
"Then the trees said to the fig tree, 'You come, reign over us!'

Judges 9:12
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'You come, reign over us!'
Treasury of Scripture

But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

Luke 13:6,7 He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted …

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