8 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’

Read Judges 9:8 Using Other Translations

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us.'
Once upon a time the trees decided to choose a king. First they said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!’