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14 “So all the trees told the bramble bush,
    ‘Hey you! Come and reign over us!’
15 Then the bramble bush replied to the trees,
    ‘If you really are consecrating[a] me to rule you,
        come and put your confidence in my shade;
    but if not, may fire spring out from the bramble bush
        and burn up the cedars[b] of Lebanon…’

16 “Now then, if you have been acting in good faith and integrity by making a king out of Abimelech, if you have treated Jerubbaal and his household appropriately by acting toward him as he deserved[c]

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  1. Judges 9:15 Or anointing
  2. Judges 9:15 I.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae; and so throughout the book
  3. Judges 9:16 Lit. as his hands acted