Judges 9:13
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?’

Berean Study Bible
But the grapevine replied, ‘Should I stop giving my wine that cheers both God and man, to hold sway 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?

New King James Version
But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?’

New American Standard Bible
But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I give up my new wine, which cheers God and mankind, and go to wave over the trees?’

NASB 1995
"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'

NASB 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?’

Amplified Bible
And the vine replied, ‘Should I give up my new wine, which makes God and men happy, and go to wave over the trees?’

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? ”

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?"

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?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The vine said to them: ‘I will not leave my fruit that cheers the heart of gods and men, and am I going to be an abomination for the trees?’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the vine said to them, Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men, and go to be promoted over the trees?

Contemporary English Version
But the grape vine replied, "My wine brings cheer to people and gods. I won't stop making wine, just so my branches can wave above the other 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?

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?

Good News Translation
But the vine answered, 'In order to govern you, I would have to stop producing my wine, that makes gods and human beings happy.'

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?'

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?'

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?

Literal Standard Version
And the vine says to them, Have I ceased from my new wine, which is making gods and men glad, that I have gone to stagger over the 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?'

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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jotham's Parable
12Then the trees said to the grapevine, ‘Come and reign over us.’ 13But the grapevine replied, ‘Should I stop giving my wine that cheers both God and man, to hold sway over the trees?’ 14Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and reign over us.’…

Cross References
Judges 9:12
Then the trees said to the grapevine, 'Come and reign over us.'

Judges 9:14
Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and reign over us.'

Psalm 104:15
wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil that makes his face to shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I sought to cheer my body with wine and to embrace folly--my mind still guiding me with wisdom--until I could see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 10:19
A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for 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?

cheereth

Numbers 15:5,7,10
And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb…

Psalm 104:15
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

Proverbs 31:6
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.









(13) My wine.--The Hebrew word is tirosh which sometimes means merely "grape-cluster."

Which cheereth God and man.--For explanation, see Exodus 29:40; Numbers 15:7; Numbers 15:10, &c. If Elohim be here understood of God, the expression is, of course, of that simply anthropomorphic character which marks very ancient literature.

Verse 13. - Which cheereth God and man. The wine is said to cheer, or make to rejoice, God because the drink offering which accompanied the meat offering consisted of wine (Numbers 15:7, 10), and God was well pleased with the offerings of his people (cf. Genesis 8:21; Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16). The idea in this verse, as in vers. 9 and 11, is, that while the olive, the fig, and the vine were occupied in waving their branches over the other trees, in token of their superiority, they would necessarily be neglecting., their own proper gift and office, which was to produce oil, and figs, and grapes.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But the grapevine
הַגֶּ֔פֶן (hag·ge·p̄en)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 1612: A vine, the grape

replied,
וַתֹּ֤אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘Should I stop giving
הֶחֳדַ֙לְתִּי֙ (he·ḥo·ḏal·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

my wine
תִּ֣ירוֹשִׁ֔י (tî·rō·wō·šî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 8492: Must, fresh grape-juice, fermented wine

that cheers
הַֽמְשַׂמֵּ֥חַ (ham·śam·mê·aḥ)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome

[both] God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

and man,
וַאֲנָשִׁ֑ים (wa·’ă·nā·šîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

to hold
וְהָ֣לַכְתִּ֔י (wə·hā·laḵ·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

sway
לָנ֖וּעַ (lā·nū·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5128: To quiver, wave, waver, tremble, totter

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the trees?’
הָעֵצִֽים׃ (hā·‘ê·ṣîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6086: Tree, trees, wood


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