9:7 When Jotham heard the news,17 he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim. He spoke loudly to the people below,18 “Listen to me, leaders of Shechem, so that God may listen to you!
9:8 “The trees were determined to go out19 and choose a king for themselves.20 They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!’21 9:9 But the olive tree said to them, ‘I am not going to stop producing my oil, which is used to honor gods and men, just to sway above the other trees!’22
9:10 “So the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and be our king!’23 9:11 But the fig tree said to them, ‘I am not going to stop producing my sweet figs, my excellent fruit, just to sway above the other trees!’24
9:12 “So the trees said to the grapevine, ‘You come and be our king!’25 9:13 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!’26
9:14 “So all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘You come and be our king!’27 9:15 The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to choose28 me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches!29 Otherwise30 may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’
9:16 “Now, if you have shown loyalty and integrity when you made Abimelech king, if you have done right to Jerub-Baal and his family,31 if you have properly repaid him32—9:17 my father fought for you; he risked his life33 and delivered you from Midian’s power.34 9:18 But you have attacked35 my father’s family36 today. You murdered his seventy legitimate37 sons on one stone and made Abimelech, the son of his female slave, king over the leaders of Shechem, just because he is your close relative.38 9:19 So if you have shown loyalty and integrity to Jerub-Baal and his family39 today, then may Abimelech bring you happiness and may you bring him happiness!40 9:20 But if not, may fire blaze from Abimelech and consume the leaders of Shechem and Beth Millo! May fire also blaze from the leaders of Shechem and Beth Millo and consume Abimelech!” 9:21 Then Jotham ran away41 to Beer and lived there to escape from42 Abimelech his half-brother.43
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