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14 So all the trees said to the thornbush,
    ‘You, come rule over us.’
15 And the thornbush said to the trees,
    ‘If in good faith[a] you are anointing
    me as king over you,
        then come and take refuge in my shade;
    if not, may fire go out from the thornbush
        and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

16 “So then, if you have acted in good faith[b] and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerub-Baal and his house, and have dealt with him according to his accomplishments[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 9:15 Or “honesty”
  2. Judges 9:16 Or “honesty”
  3. Judges 9:16 Literally “according to the dealings of his hand”

14 “Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and be our king.’

15 “The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade;(A) but if not, then let fire come out(B) of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’(C)

16 “Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves?

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