Judges 9:7-20

Thomson(i) 7 When the news of this was told Jotham, he went and stood on the top of mount Garizin, and raising his voice, he wept, and said to them, Hear me, ye Sychemites, that God may hear you. 8 The trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive said to them, Shall I leave my fatness with which men honour God, and go to wave over the trees? 10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said to them, Shall I leave my sweetness, and good fruit, and go to wave over the trees? 12 Then the trees said to the vine, Come and reign over us. 13 But the vine said to them, Shall I leave my wine, which cheereth gods and men, and go to wave over the trees? 14 Then all the trees said to the bramble, Come thou and reign over us. 15 Upon which the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me to reign over you, come and stand in my shade; if not, let a fire go out from me, and consume the cedars of Lebanon. 16 Now therefore if you have acted with truth and uprightness in making Abimelech king; and if you have dealt righteously with Jerobaal, and his house, or done to him according to the deserving of his hand; 17 As my father fought for you, and adventured his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Madiam, 18 and you have risen up against my father's house, and have slain his seventy sons on one stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his concubine, king over the men of Sychem, because he is your brother; 19 if therefore you have this day acted with truth, and uprightness, in regard to Jerobaal, and his house, may you have joy in Abimelech, and he have joy in you: 20 but if not; may a fire come out from Abimelech, and consume the Sychemites, and the house of Bethmaalo; and may a fire come out from the Sychemites, and the house of Bethmaalo, and consume Abimelech.