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14 “So all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘You come and be our king!’[a] 15 The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to choose[b] me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches.[c] Otherwise[d] may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’

16 “Now, if you have shown loyalty and integrity when you made Abimelech king, if you have done right to Jerub Baal and his family,[e] if you have properly repaid him[f]

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  1. Judges 9:14 tn Or “and rule over us!”
  2. Judges 9:15 tn Heb “are about to anoint [with oil].”
  3. Judges 9:15 tn Heb “in my shade.”
  4. Judges 9:15 tn Heb “If not.”
  5. Judges 9:16 tn Heb “house.”
  6. Judges 9:16 tn Heb “if according to the deeds of his hands you have done to him.”

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