2 Kings 4:30
New International Version
But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

New Living Translation
But the boy’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I won’t go home unless you go with me.” So Elisha returned with her.

English Standard Version
Then the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her.

Berean Study Bible
And the mother of the boy said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

King James Bible
And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

New King James Version
And the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her.

New American Standard Bible
The mother of the boy said, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

NASB 1995
The mother of the lad said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” And he arose and followed her.

NASB 1977
And the mother of the lad said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” And he arose and followed her.

Amplified Bible
The mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So Elisha arose and followed her.

Christian Standard Bible
The boy’s mother said to Elisha, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The boy’s mother said to Elisha, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

American Standard Version
And the mother of the child said, As Jehovah liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the mother of the boy said: “As LORD JEHOVAH is living and your soul is living, I will not leave you!” And he arose and he went on after her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the mother of the child said, As the Lord lives and as thy soul lives, I will not leave thee. And Elisaie arose, and went after her.

Contemporary English Version
But the boy's mother said to Elisha, "I swear by the living LORD and by your own life that I won't leave without you." So Elisha got up and went with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the mother of the child said: As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arose, therefore, and followed her.

English Revised Version
And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.

Good News Translation
The woman said to Elisha, "I swear by my loyalty to the living LORD and to you that I will not leave you!" So the two of them started back together.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The boy's mother said, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD and you live, I will not leave without you." So Elisha got up and followed her.

International Standard Version
At this, the youngster's mother replied, "As long as you and the LORD live, I'm not leaving you!" So he got up and followed her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the mother of the child said: 'As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.' And he arose, and followed her.

Literal Standard Version
And the mother of the youth says, “YHWH lives, and your soul lives—if I leave you”; and he rises and goes after her.

NET Bible
The mother of the child said, "As certainly as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So Elisha got up and followed her back.

New Heart English Bible
The mother of the child said, "As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." He arose, and followed her.

World English Bible
The mother of the child said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." He arose, and followed her.

Young's Literal Translation
And the mother of the youth saith, 'Jehovah liveth, and thy soul liveth -- if I leave thee;' and he riseth and goeth after her.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elisha Raises the Shunammite's Son
29So Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tie up your garment, take my staff in your hand, and go! If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not answer him. Then lay my staff on the boy’s face.” 30And the mother of the boy said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her. 31Gehazi went on ahead of them and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So he went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”…

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:26
"Please, my lord," said Hannah, "as surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.

2 Kings 2:2
and Elijah said to Elisha, "Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel." But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 2:4
And Elijah said to Elisha, "Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho." But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went to Jericho.


Treasury of Scripture

And the mother of the child said, As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And he arose, and followed her.

As the Lord

2 Kings 2:2,4
And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel…

I will not

Exodus 33:12-16
And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight…

Ruth 1:16-18
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: …









(30) I will not leave thee.--She wished the prophet himself to go to her child. The writer appropriately substitutes "the mother of the child" for "the Shunammite" or "the woman" in connection with this impassioned utterance, which induced the prophet to yield to her wishes.

Verse 30. - And the mother of the child said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth (comp. 2 Kings 3:2, 4, 6), I will not leave thee. Apparently, the woman supposed that Elisha intended to do nothing more, but trust the child's recovery to such virtue as might inhere in his staff. But her own resolution was long ago taken - she would be content with nothing less than bringing the prophet face to face with her dead child. She "will not leave" him till he consents to accompany her to her home. And he arose, and followed her; as, no doubt, he had intended from the first.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the mother
אֵ֣ם (’êm)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 517: A mother, )

of the boy
הַנַּ֔עַר (han·na·‘ar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

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

“As surely as the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

lives
חַי־ (ḥay-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

and as you yourself
נַפְשְׁךָ֖ (nap̄·šə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

live,
וְחֵֽי־ (wə·ḥê-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

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

leave you.”
אֶעֶזְבֶ֑ךָּ (’e·‘ez·ḇe·kā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

So he got up
וַיָּ֖קָם (way·yā·qām)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

and followed
וַיֵּ֥לֶךְ (way·yê·leḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

her.
אַחֲרֶֽיהָ׃ (’a·ḥă·re·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 310: The hind or following part


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