2 Kings 6:5
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New International Version
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh no, my lord!" he cried out. "It was borrowed!"

New Living Translation
But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. "Oh, sir!" he cried. "It was a borrowed ax!"

English Standard Version
But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.”

New American Standard Bible
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed."

King James Bible
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water, and he cried out, "Oh, my master, it was borrowed!"

International Standard Version
It happened that as one of them was felling a beam, his axe head fell into the water. He cried out, "Oh no! Master! The axe was on loan to me!"

NET Bible
As one of them was felling a log, the ax head dropped into the water. He shouted, "Oh no, my master! It was borrowed!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the ax head fell into the water. He cried out, "Oh no, master! It was borrowed!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water, and he cried and said, Alas, master! It was borrowed.

King James 2000 Bible
But as one was cutting down a tree, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

American King James Version
But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

American Standard Version
But as one was felling a beam, the axe-head fell into the water; and he cried, and said, Alas, my master! for it was borrowed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it happened, as one was felling some timber, that the head of the axe fell into the water: and he cried out, and said: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, for this same was borrowed.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as one was felling a beam, that the iron fell into the water; and he cried and said, Alas, master, and it was borrowed!

English Revised Version
But as one was felling a beam, the axe-head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, my master! for it was borrowed.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

World English Bible
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water. Then he cried, and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed."

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, the one is felling the beam, and the iron hath fallen into the water, and he crieth and saith, 'Alas! my lord, and it asked!'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-7 There is that pleasantness in the converse of servants of God, which can make those who listen to them forget the pain and the weariness of labour. Even the sons of the prophets must not be unwilling to labour. Let no man think an honest employment a burden or a disgrace. And labour of the head, is as hard, and very often harder, than labour with the hands. We ought to be careful of that which is borrowed, as of our own, because we must do as we would be done by. This man was so respecting the axe-head. And to those who have an honest mind, the sorest grievance of poverty is, not so much their own want and disgrace, as being rendered unable to pay just debts. But the Lord cares for his people in their smallest concerns. And God's grace can thus raise the stony iron heart, which is sunk into the mud of this world, and raise up affections, naturally earthly.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - But as one was felling a beam - i.e. a tree, to make it into a beam - the axe-head; literally, the iron. We see from Deuteronomy 19:5 that the Hebrews made their axe-heads of iron as early as the time of Moses. They probably learnt to smelt and work iron in Egypt. Fell into the water. The tree must have been one that grew close to the river's edge. As the man hewed away at the stem a little above the root, the axe-head flew from the haft, into which it was insecurely fitted, and fell into the water. The slipping of an axe-head was a very common occurrence (Deuteronomy 19:5), and ordinarily was of little consequence, since it was easily restored to its place. But now the head had disappeared. And he cried, and said, Alas, master! - rather, Alas, my master! or, Alas, my lord! - for it was borrowed; rather, and it was a borrowed one. The words are part of the man's address to Elisha. He means to say, "It is no common misfortune; it is not as if it had been my own axe. I had borrowed it, and now what shall I say to the owner?" There is no direct request for help, but the tone of the complaint constitutes a sort of silent appeal.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But as one was felling a beam,.... Cutting down a tree, or a branch of it:

the axe head fell into the water: into the waters of Jordan; or "the iron" (d), the iron part of it, with which the wood was cut; that flew off from the helve into the water:

and he cried, and said, alas, master! for it was borrowed: it grieved him to lose his axe, because he could do no more work, and the more because it was not his own, but he had borrowed it of his neighbour; and still more, because, as it seems, he was poor, and not able to pay for it, which, being of an honest disposition, gave him distress.

(d) "ferrum", Pagninus, Montanus, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. it was borrowed—literally, "begged." The scholar's distress arose from the consideration that it had been presented to him; and that, owing to his poverty, he could not procure another.

2 Kings 6:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Axe Head Floats
4So he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed." 6Then the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And when he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there, and made the iron float.…
Cross References
2 Kings 6:4
And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees.

2 Kings 6:6
The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.
Treasury of Scripture

But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

axe head [heb] iron

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put …

Isaiah 10:34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon …

Alas, master

2 Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone …

2 Kings 3:10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD has called these …

Revelation 18:10,16,19 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas …

for it was borrowed

2 Kings 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the …

Exodus 22:14,15 And if a man borrow ought of his neighbor, and it be hurt, or die, …

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, …

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