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!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.'

New American Standard 1977
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.”

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!'
Study Bible
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.…
Word Study

But as one
'echad  (ekh-awd')
united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first

was felling
naphal  (naw-fal')
to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative)

a beam
qowrah  (ko-raw')
a rafter (forming trenches as it were); by implication, a roof -- beam, roof.

the axe head
barzel  (bar-zel')
iron (as cutting); by extension, an iron implement -- (ax) head, iron.

fell
naphal  (naw-fal')
to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative)

into the water
mayim  (mah'-yim)
water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen -- + piss, wasting, water(-ing, (-course, -flood, -spring).

and he cried
tsa`aq  (tsaw-ak')
to shriek; (by implication) to proclaim (an assembly) -- at all, call together, cry (out), gather (selves) (together).

and said
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

Alas
'ahahh  (a-haw')
Oh! -- ah, alas.

master
'adown  (aw-done')
from an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine) -- lord, master, owner. Compare also names beginning with Adoni-.

for it was borrowed
sha'al  (shaw-al')
to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
2 Kings 6:4
So he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.

2 Kings 6:6
Then 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.
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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