New International Version
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'
King James Bible
Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.
Darby Bible Translation
Then said the trees to the vine, Come thou, reign over us.
World English Bible
"The trees said to the vine, 'Come and reign over us.'
Young's Literal Translation
'And the trees say to the vine, Come thou, reign over us.
Judges 9:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But the fig tree said - Should I forsake my sweetness - The fruit of the fig tree is the sweetest or most luscious of all fruits. A full-ripe fig, in its own climate, has an indescribable sweetness; so much so that it is almost impossible to eat it, till a considerable time after it is gathered from the trees, and has gone through an artificial preparation. This I have often noticed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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 …
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith
The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
"But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'
"But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?'
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