Judges 9:15
New International Version
"The thornbush said to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!'

New Living Translation
And the thornbush replied to the trees, 'If you truly want to make me your king, come and take shelter in my shade. If not, let fire come out from me and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'"

English Standard Version
And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade, but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

Berean Study Bible
But the thornbush replied, ‘If you really are anointing me as king over you, come and find refuge in my shade. But if not, may fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon.”

New American Standard Bible
"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.'

King James Bible
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

Christian Standard Bible
The bramble said to the trees, "If you really are anointing me as king over you, come and find refuge in my shade. But if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon."

Contemporary English Version
The thornbush replied, "If you really want me to be your king, then come into my shade and I will protect you. But if you're deceiving me, I'll start a fire that will spread out and destroy the cedars of Lebanon." After Jotham had finished telling this story, he said:

Good News Translation
The thorn bush answered, 'If you really want to make me your king, then come and take shelter in my shade. If you don't, fire will blaze out of my thorny branches and burn up the cedars of Lebanon.'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The bramble said to the trees," If you really are anointing me as king over you, come and find refuge in my shade. But if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon.""

International Standard Version
Then the bramble bush replied to the trees, 'If you really are consecrating me to rule you, come and put your confidence in my shade; but if not, may fire spring out from the bramble bush and burn up the cedars of Lebanon…'

NET Bible
The thornbush said to the trees, 'If you really want to choose me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches! Otherwise may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!'

New Heart English Bible
"The bramble said to the trees, 'If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the thornbush responded to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me to be your king, then come and take shelter in my shade. But if not, fire will come out of the thornbush and burn up the cedars of Lebanon.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the bramble said unto the trees: If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

New American Standard 1977
“And 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.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and confide under my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

King James 2000 Bible
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

American King James Version
And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

American Standard Version
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the bramble said to the trees, If ye in truth anoint me to reign over you, come, stand under my shadow; and if not, let fire come out from me and devour the cedars of Libanus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it answered them: If indeed you mean to make me king, come ye and rest under my shadow: but if you mean it not, let fire come out from the bramble, and devour the cedars of Libanus.

Darby Bible Translation
And the thorn-bush said to the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, come, put confidence in my shadow; but if not, fire shall come out of the thorn-bush and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

English Revised Version
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

World English Bible
"The bramble said to the trees, 'If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

Young's Literal Translation
And the bramble saith unto the trees, If in truth ye are anointing me for king over you, come, take refuge in my shadow; and if not -- fire cometh out from the bramble, and devoureth the cedars of Lebanon.
Study Bible
Jotham's Parable
14Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and reign over us.’ 15But the thornbush replied, ‘If you really are anointing me as king over you, come and find refuge in my shade. But if not, may fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon.” 16Now if you have acted faithfully and honestly in making Abimelech king, if you have done well by Jerubbaal and his family, and if you have done to him as he deserves—…
Cross References
Judges 9:14
Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and reign over us.'

Judges 9:16
Now if you have acted faithfully and honestly in making Abimelech king, if you have done well by Jerubbaal and his family, and if you have done to him as he deserves--

Psalm 29:5
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

Treasury of Scripture

And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

shadow

Isaiah 30:2
That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!

Daniel 4:12
The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

Hosea 14:7
They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

let fire

Judges 9:20,49
But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech…

Numbers 21:28
For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.

Isaiah 1:31
And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

the cedars

2 Kings 14:9
And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

Psalm 104:16
The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

Isaiah 2:13
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,







Lexicon
But the thornbush
הָאָטָד֮ (hā·’ā·ṭāḏ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 329: A bramble, buckthorn, also a city in Canaan

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘If
אִ֡ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you
אַתֶּם֩ (’at·tem)
Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

really
בֶּאֱמֶ֣ת (be·’ĕ·meṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

are anointing me
מֹשְׁחִ֨ים (mō·šə·ḥîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4886: To rub with oil, to anoint, to consecrate, to paint

as king
לְמֶ֙לֶךְ֙ (lə·me·leḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

over you,
עֲלֵיכֶ֔ם (‘ă·lê·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

come
בֹּ֖אוּ (bō·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and find refuge
חֲס֣וּ (ḥă·sū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2620: To flee for, protection, to confide in

in my shade.
בְצִלִּ֑י (ḇə·ṣil·lî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6738: A shadow

But if
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

not,
אַ֕יִן (’a·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

may fire
אֵשׁ֙ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

come out
תֵּ֤צֵא (tê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

of
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

the thornbush
הָ֣אָטָ֔ד (hā·’ā·ṭāḏ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 329: A bramble, buckthorn, also a city in Canaan

and consume
וְתֹאכַ֖ל (wə·ṯō·ḵal)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

the cedars
אַרְזֵ֥י (’ar·zê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 730: A cedar tree

of Lebanon.”
הַלְּבָנֽוֹן׃ (hal·lə·ḇā·nō·wn)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3844: Lebanon -- a wooded mountain range on the northern border of Israel
(15) If in truth--i.e., with serious purpose. The bramble can hardly believe in the infatuation of the trees.

Put your trust in my shadow.--The mean leaves and bristling thorns of the rhamnus could afford no shadow to speak of, and even such as they could afford would be dangerous; but the fable is full of fine and biting irony.

If not.--The bramble is not only eager to be king, but has spiteful and dangerous threats--the counterpart of those, doubtless, which had been used by Abimelech--to discourage any withdrawal of the offer.

Let fire come out of the bramble.--Some suppose that there is a reference to the ancient notions of the spontaneous ignition of the boughs of the bramble when rubbed together by the wind. The allusion is far more probably to the use of thorns for fuel: Exodus 22:6, "If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn . . . be consumed;" Psalm 58:9, "Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns;" Ecclesiastes 7:6, "the crackling of thorns under a pot."

Verse 15. - If in truth, i.e. truly, as the same phrase is rendered in vers. 16, 19, with integrity of purpose and sincerity of heart. The English would be less ambiguous if it ran, "If ye anoint me king over you in truth." The speech of the bramble indicates the grounds for suspicion already existing between Abimelech and the men of Shechem. Let fire come out, etc. - keeping up the propriety of the image, as the natural function of the bramble was to kindle a fire, and as it had no other use; showing, too, how a base bramble could destroy a noble cedar, and the base-born Abimelech could bring ruin upon the lords of Shechem. 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.
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