Judges 9:8

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!’

What does Judges 9:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 9:8

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them
This is an apologue or fable, and a very fine and beautiful one; it is fitly expressed to answer the design, and the most ancient of the kind, being made seven hundred years before the times of Aesop, so famous for his fables, and exceeds anything written by him. By the trees are meant the people of Israel in general, and the Shechemites in particular, who had been for some time very desirous of a king, but could not persuade any of their great and good men to accept of that office:

and they said unto the olive tree, reign thou over us;
a fit emblem of a good man, endowed with excellent virtues and qualifications for good, as David king of Israel, who is compared to such a tree, ( Psalms 52:8 ) , Jarchi applies this to Othniel the first judge; but it may be better applied to Gideon, an excellent good man, full of fruits of righteousness, and eminently useful, and to whom kingly government was offered, and was refused by him; and the men of Shechem could scarcely fail of thinking of him, and applying it to him, as Jotham was delivering his fable.

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