New International Version
"But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?'
King James Bible
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
Darby Bible Translation
And the vine said to them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave over the trees?
World English Bible
"The vine said to them, 'Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'
Young's Literal Translation
And the vine saith to them, Have I ceased from my new wine, which is rejoicing gods and men, that I have gone to stagger over the trees?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Which cheereth God and man - I believe אלהים elohim here is to be taken in the same sense proposed on Judges 9:9. Vast libations of wine, as well as much oil, were used in heathenish sacrifices and offerings; and it was their opinion that the gods actually partook of, and were delighted with, both the wine and oil. The pagan mythology furnishes the most exquisite wines to its gods in heaven, and hence the nectar and ambrosia so much talked of and praised by the ancients. It is not reasonable to suppose that Jotham makes any reference here to the sacrifices, oblations, and perfumes offered to the true God. This language the idolatrous Shechemites could scarcely understand. What could the worshippers of Baal-berith know of the worship of the God who gave his law to Moses? And it is not very likely that Jotham himself was well acquainted with the sacred rites of the Mosaic religion, as they had been little preached in his time.
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
"Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'
"Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and be our king.'
wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly--my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
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