Judges 9:13
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New International Version
"But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?'

New Living Translation
But the grapevine also refused, saying, 'Should I quit producing the wine that cheers both God and people, just to wave back and forth over the trees?'

English Standard Version
But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men and go hold sway over the trees?’

New American Standard Bible
"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'

King James Bible
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the grapevine said to them," Should I stop giving my wine that cheers both God and man, and rule over trees?"

International Standard Version
But the grape vine asked them, 'Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go take dominion over trees?'

NET Bible
But the grapevine said to them, 'I am not going to stop producing my wine, which makes gods and men so happy, just to sway above the other trees!'

New Heart English Bible
"The vine said to them, 'Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the grapevine responded, 'Should I stop producing my wine, which makes gods and humans happy, in order to rule the trees?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the vine said unto them: Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to hold sway over the trees?

New American Standard 1977
“But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man, to go and sway over the trees?

King James 2000 Bible
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

American King James Version
And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

American Standard Version
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it answered them: Can I forsake my wine, that cheereth God and men, and be promoted among the other trees?

Darby Bible Translation
And the vine said to them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave over the trees?

English Revised Version
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

World English Bible
"The vine said to them, 'Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'

Young's Literal Translation
And the vine saith to them, Have I ceased from my new wine, which is rejoicing gods and men, 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
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?' 14"Finally all the trees said to the bramble, 'You come, reign over us!'…
Cross References
Judges 9:12
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'You come, reign over us!'

Judges 9:14
"Finally all the trees said to the bramble, 'You come, reign over us!'

Psalm 104:15
And wine which makes man's heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And food which sustains man's heart.

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 10:19
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
Treasury of Scripture

And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

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Numbers 15:5,7,10 And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shall …

Psalm 104:15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face …

Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those …

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers …

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