Bible: Judg 9:7-20

Jotham’s Parable

9:7 When Jotham heard the news, 1  he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim. He spoke loudly to the people below, 2 Listen to me, leaders of Shechem, so that God may listen to you!

9:8The trees were determined to go out 3  and choose a king for themselves. 4  They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!’ 5  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!’ 6 

9:10So the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and be our king!’ 7  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!’ 8 

9:12So the trees said to the grapevine, ‘You come and be our king!’ 9  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!’ 10 

9:14So all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘You come and be our king!’ 11  9:15 The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to choose 12  me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches! 13  Otherwise 14  may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’

9:16Now, if you have shown loyalty and integrity when you made Abimelech king, if you have done right to Jerub-Baal and his family, 15  if you have properly repaid him 16  9:17 my father fought for you; he risked his life 17  and delivered you from Midian’s power. 18  9:18 But you have attacked 19  my father’s family 20  today. You murdered his seventy legitimate 21  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. 22  9:19 So if you have shown loyalty and integrity to Jerub-Baal and his family 23  today, then may Abimelech bring you happiness and may you bring him happiness! 24  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!

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