Psalm 21:2-7 and Judges 9:6-15
2 In your virtue, Lord, the king will rejoice, and over your salvation, he will exult exceedingly.
3 You have granted him the desire of his heart, and you have not cheated him of the wish of his lips.
4 For you have gone ahead of him with blessings of sweetness. You have placed a crown of precious stones on his head.
5 He petitioned you for life, and you have granted him length of days, in the present time, and forever and ever.
6 Great is his glory in your salvation. Glory and great adornment, you will lay upon him.
7 For you will give him as a blessing forever and ever. You will make him rejoice with gladness in your presence.
6 Then all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the families of the city of Millo, and they went and appointed Abimelech as king, beside the oak that stood at Shechem.
7 When this had been reported to Jotham, he went and stood at the top of Mount Gerizim. And lifting up his voice, he cried out and said: "Listen to me, men of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.
8 The trees went to anoint a king over themselves. And they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us.'
9 And it responded, 'How could I abandon my fatness, which both gods and men make use of, and depart to be promoted among the trees?'
10 And the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and accept royal power over us.'
11 And it responded to them, 'How could I abandon my sweetness, and my very sweet fruits, and depart to be promoted among the other trees?'
12 And the trees said to the vine, 'Come and reign over us.'
13 And it responded to them, 'How could I abandon my wine, which gives joy to God and men, and be promoted among the other trees?'
14 And all the trees said to the bramble, 'Come and reign over us.'
15 And it responded to them: 'If truly you would appoint me as king, come and rest under my shadow. But if you are not willing, let fire go forth from the bramble, and let it devour the cedars of Lebanon.' "
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