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Judges 9:9-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

But the olive tree answered them,
    ‘Must I give up my rich oil,
    whereby gods and human beings are honored,[a]
    and go off to hold sway over the trees?’
10 Then the trees said to the fig tree,
    ‘Come; you reign over us!’
11 But the fig tree answered them,
    ‘Must I give up my sweetness
    and my sweet fruit,
    and go off to hold sway over the trees?’
12 Then the trees said to the vine,
    ‘Come you, reign over us.’
13 But the vine answered them,
    ‘Must I give up my wine
    that cheers gods[b] and human beings,
    and go off to hold sway over the trees?’

Footnotes:

  1. 9:9 Whereby gods and human beings are honored: olive oil had a variety of cultic uses (e.g., Lv 2:1, 6, 15; 24:2), and it was also used in the consecration of priests and kings for office (e.g., Ex 30:25, 30; 1 Sm 10:1; 16:13).
  2. 9:13 Cheers gods: wine was part of a number of types of offerings in the Israelite cult (cf. Ex 29:40; Lv 23:13; Nm 15:7, 10), and it was also used widely in the worship of foreign gods (cf. Dt 32:37–38; Is 65:11).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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