The thorn bush

One day the trees went out
to anoint a king to rule over them.
They said to the olive tree, “Be our king!”

The olive tree answered them,
“Must I forgo my oil
which gives honour to gods and men,
to stand and sway above the trees?”

Then the trees said to the fig tree,
“Come now, you be our king!”

The fig tree answered them,
“Must I forgo my sweetness,
forgo my excellent fruit,
to stand and sway above the trees?”

Then the trees said to the vine,
“Come now, you be our king!”

The vine answered them,
“Must I forgo my wine
which cheers the heart of gods and men,
to stand swaying above the trees?”

Then the trees all said to the thorn bush,
“Come now, you be our king!”

And the thorn bush answered the trees,
“If in all good faith you anoint me king to reign over you,
then come and shelter in my shade.
If not, fire will come from the thorn bush
and devour the cedars of Lebanon.”

Judges 8:8-15