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.
Darby Bible Translation
Then all the trees said to the bramble, 'Come you, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The bramble - Said to be the Rhamnus Paliurus of Linnaeus, otherwise called Spina-Christi, or Christ's Thorn, a shrub with sharp thorns. The application is obvious. The noble Gideon and his worthy sons had declined the proffered kingdom. The vile, base-born Abimelech had accepted it, and his act would turn out to the mutual ruin of himself and his subjects.
LibraryHence is Also that which Thou Hast Mentioned that they Speak Of...
28. Hence is also that which thou hast mentioned that they speak of, that the Lord Jesus, after He was risen, walked in the way with two disciples; and upon their drawing near to the village whither they were going, He made as though He would have gone farther: where the Evangelist, saying, "But He Himself feigned that He would go further,"  hath put that very word in which liars too greatly delight, that they may with impunity lie: as if every thing that is feigned is a lie, whereas in a truthful …
St. Augustine—Against Lying
Seasonable Counsel: Or, Advice to Sufferers.
"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'
"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.'
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