New International Version
"Next, the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and be our king.'
King James Bible
And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
Darby Bible Translation
And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, reign over us.
World English Bible
"The trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and reign over us.'
Young's Literal Translation
And the trees say to the fig, Come thou, reign over us.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wherewith - they honor God and man - I believe the word אלהים elohim here should be translated gods, for the parable seems to be accommodated to the idolatrous state of the Shechemites. Thus it was understood by the Vulgate, Arabic, and others. It is true that olive oil was often used in the service of God: the priests were anointed with it; the lamps in the tabernacle lighted with it; almost all the offerings of fine flour, cakes prepared in the pan, etc., had oil mingled with them; therefore Jotham might say that with it they honor God; and as priests, prophets, and kings were anointed, and their office was the most honorable, he might with propriety say, therewith they honor man. But I am persuaded he used the term in the first sense. See on Judges 9:13 (note).
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LibraryHere, by Way of Objection, Several Questions are Raised. ...
Here, by way of objection, several questions are raised. Scripture relates that God sometimes complied with certain prayers which had been dictated by minds not duly calmed or regulated. It is true, that the cause for which Jotham imprecated on the inhabitants of Shechem the disaster which afterwards befell them was well founded; but still he was inflamed with anger and revenge (Judges 9:20); and hence God, by complying with the execration, seems to approve of passionate impulses. Similar fervour …
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The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
"But the olive tree answered, 'Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the trees?'
"But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'
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