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