2 Kings 4:24
New International Version
She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.”

New Living Translation
So she saddled the donkey and said to the servant, “Hurry! Don’t slow down unless I tell you to.”

English Standard Version
Then she saddled the donkey, and she said to her servant, “Urge the animal on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”

Berean Study Bible
Then she saddled the donkey and told her servant, “Drive onward; do not slow the pace for me unless I tell you.”

King James Bible
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.

New King James Version
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”

New American Standard Bible
Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Drive the donkey and go on; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”

NASB 1995
Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, “Drive and go forward; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”

NASB 1977
Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, “Drive and go forward; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”

Amplified Bible
Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Drive [the animal] fast; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Go fast; don’t slow the pace for me unless I tell you.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Hurry, don’t slow the pace for me unless I tell you.”

American Standard Version
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slacken me not the riding, except I bid thee.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they put her on the donkey, and she said to the Boy Servant: “Drive, and go! Do not hinder me from sitting unless I have told you!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And she saddled the ass, and said to her servant, Be quick, proceed: spare not on my account to ride, unless I shall tell thee. Go, and thou shalt proceed, and come to the man of God to mount Carmel.

Contemporary English Version
She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, "Let's go. And don't slow down unless I tell you to."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she saddled an ass, and commanded her servant: Drive, and make haste, make no stay in going. And do that which I bid thee.

English Revised Version
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slacken me not the riding, except I bid thee.

Good News Translation
Then she had the donkey saddled, and ordered the servant, "Make the donkey go as fast as it can, and don't slow down unless I tell you to."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She saddled the donkey. Then she told her servant, "Lead on. Don't slow down unless I tell you."

International Standard Version
So she saddled a donkey and told her servant, "Forward, driver! Don't slow down on my account, unless I tell you!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant: 'Drive, and go forward; slacken me not the riding, except I bid thee.'

Literal Standard Version
And she saddles the donkey and says to her young man, “Lead, and go, do not restrain riding for me, except I have commanded [so] to you.”

NET Bible
She saddled the donkey and told her servant, "Lead on. Do not stop unless I say so."

New Heart English Bible
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, "Drive, and go forward. Do not slow down for me, unless I ask you to."

World English Bible
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, "Drive, and go forward! Don't slow down for me, unless I ask you to."

Young's Literal Translation
And she saddleth the ass, and saith unto her young man, 'Lead, and go, do not restrain riding for me, except I have said so to thee.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elisha Raises the Shunammite's Son
23“Why would you go to him today?” he replied. “It is not a New Moon or a Sabbath.” “Everything is all right,” she said. 24Then she saddled the donkey and told her servant, “Drive onward; do not slow the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25So she set out and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, there is the Shunammite woman.…

Cross References
Genesis 22:3
So Abraham got up early the next morning, saddled his donkey, and took along two of his servants and his son Isaac. He split the wood for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had designated.

2 Kings 4:23
"Why would you go to him today?" he replied. "It is not a New Moon or a Sabbath." "Everything is all right," she said.

2 Kings 4:25
So she set out and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to his servant Gehazi, "Look, there is the Shunammite woman.


Treasury of Scripture

Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not your riding for me, except I bid you.

Then she

Exodus 4:20
And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

1 Samuel 25:20
And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.

1 Kings 13:13,23
And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, …

Drive

1 Samuel 25:19
And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.









(24) Then she saddled an ass.--And she saddled the ass--i.e., which the young man brought, and probably saddled at her bidding.

Slack not thy riding for me.--Literally, restrain me not from riding--i.e., do not stop, or slacken speed. A halt for rest might naturally be taken, as the distance was considerable.

Verse 24. - Then she saddled an ass; rather, then she saddled (i.e. "caused to be saddled") the ass - the particular animal which her husband had placed at her disposal. And said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; i.e. "set the ass in motion, and then proceed steadily forward." In the East, each donkey has its driver, who sots it in motion, and regulates its pace. The rider leaves all to him. Slack not thy riding for me - rather, slacken me not the riding (Revised Version), or, slacken not my riding; i.e. "do not lessen the pace of my riding" - except I bid thee.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then she saddled
וַֽתַּחֲבֹשׁ֙ (wat·ta·ḥă·ḇōš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2280: To wrap firmly, to stop, to rule

the donkey
הָֽאָת֔וֹן (hā·’ā·ṯō·wn)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 860: A female donkey

and told
וַתֹּ֥אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

her servant,
נַעֲרָ֖הּ (na·‘ă·rāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

“Drive
נְהַ֣ג (nə·haḡ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5090: To drive forth, lead, carry away, to proceed, to sigh

onward;
וָלֵ֑ךְ (wā·lêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

slow
תַּעֲצָר־ (ta·‘ă·ṣār-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6113: To inclose, to hold back, to maintain, rule, assemble

the pace
לִרְכֹּ֔ב (lir·kōḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7392: To ride, to place upon, to despatch

for me
לִ֣י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

unless
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I tell
אָמַ֥רְתִּי (’ā·mar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

you.”
לָֽךְ׃ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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