Judges 9:12
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New International Version
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'

New Living Translation
"Then they said to the grapevine, 'You be our king!'

English Standard Version
And the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’

New American Standard Bible
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'You come, reign over us!'

King James Bible
Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Later, the trees said to the grapevine," Come and reign over us."

International Standard Version
"So the trees told the grape vine, 'Hey you! Come and reign over us!'

NET Bible
"So the trees said to the grapevine, 'You come and be our king!'

New Heart English Bible
"The trees said to the vine, 'Come, and reign over us.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the trees said to the grapevine, 'You come and be our king!'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the trees said unto the vine: Come thou, and reign over us.

New American Standard 1977
“Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come, reign over us!’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the trees said unto the vine, Come thou and reign over us.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said the trees unto the vine, Come you, and reign over us.

American King James Version
Then said the trees to the vine, Come you, and reign over us.

American Standard Version
And the trees said unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the trees said to the vine: Come thou and reign over us.

Darby Bible Translation
Then said the trees to the vine, Come thou, reign over us.

English Revised Version
And the trees said unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said the trees to the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

World English Bible
"The trees said to the vine, 'Come and reign over us.'

Young's Literal Translation
'And the trees say to the vine, Come thou, reign over us.
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
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!' 13"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'…
Cross References
Judges 9:11
"But the fig tree said to them, 'Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?'

Judges 9:13
"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'
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