9:7 And when Jotham was told, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim and lifted up his voice and called out and said to them, Listen to me, you lords of Shechem, that God may listen to you.
9:8 The trees once went forth to anoint a king over themselves. And they said to the olive tree, Reign over us.
9:9 But the olive tree said to them, Shall I leave my fatness, because of which God and men are honored by me, and go to wave over the trees?
9:10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, You come and reign over us.
9:11 But the fig tree said to them, Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?
9:12 Then the trees said to the vine, You come and reign over us.
9:13 But the vine said to them, Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?
9:14 So all the trees said to the bramble, You come and reign over us.
9:15 And the bramble said to the trees, If you are truly anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge under my shade; but if not, may fire come forth from the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon!
9:16 Now therefore if you have dealt truly and with integrity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt in a good way toward Jerubbaal and toward his house, and if you have dealt with him as his hands have deserved —
9:17 (For my father fought for you and risked his life, and he delivered you from the hand of Midian.
9:18 But you have risen up today against the house of my father and have slain his sons, seventy men, on one stone; and you have made Abimelech the son of his female servant king over the lords of Shechem, for he is your brother.)
9:19 Now if you have dealt truly and with integrity toward Jerubbaal and toward his house today, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.
9:20 But if not, may fire come forth from Abimelech and devour the lords of Shechem and the house of Millo, and may fire come forth from the lords of Shechem and the house of Millo and devour Abimelech!
9:21 And Jotham ran off and fled, and he came to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.
9:22 And Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.
9:23 And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem, and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,
9:24 So that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged and so that their blood might be put upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and upon the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brothers.
9:25 And the lords of Shechem set men in ambush for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed everyone who passed by them on the way; and Abimelech was told.
9:26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brothers and went over to Shechem, and the lords of Shechem put their trust in him.