Judges 9:14
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New International Version
"Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and be our king.'

New Living Translation
"Then all the trees finally turned to the thornbush and said, 'Come, you be our king!'

English Standard Version
Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us.’

New American Standard Bible
"Finally all the trees said to the bramble, 'You come, reign over us!'

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Finally, all the trees said to the bramble," Come and reign over us."

International Standard Version
"So all the trees told the bramble bush, 'Hey you! Come and reign over us!'

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

New Heart English Bible
"Then all the trees said to the bramble, 'Come, and reign over us.'

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said all the trees unto the bramble: Come thou, and reign over us.

New American Standard 1977
“Finally all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come, reign over us!’

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

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

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

American Standard Version
Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Then said all the trees to the thorn-bush, Come thou, reign over us.

English Revised Version
Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

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

World English Bible
"Then all the trees said to the bramble, 'Come and reign over us.'

Young's Literal Translation
And all the trees say unto the bramble, 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
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!' 15"The bramble said to the trees, 'If in truth you are anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon.'…
Cross References
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?'

Judges 9:15
"The bramble said to the trees, 'If in truth you are anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon.'
Treasury of Scripture

Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come you, and reign over us.

bramble. or thistle

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