2 Kings 6:31
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New International Version
He said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!"

New Living Translation
"May God strike me and even kill me if I don't separate Elisha's head from his shoulders this very day," the king vowed.

English Standard Version
and he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.”

Berean Study Bible
He announced, “May God punish me, and ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders through this day!”

New American Standard Bible
Then he said, "May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today."

King James Bible
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

Christian Standard Bible
He announced, "May God punish me and do so severely if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today."

Contemporary English Version
He said, "I pray that God will punish me terribly, if Elisha's head is still on his shoulders by this time tomorrow."

Good News Translation
He exclaimed, "May God strike me dead if Elisha is not beheaded before the day is over!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He announced, "May God punish me and do so severely if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today."

International Standard Version
He said, "May God do to me—and more also!—if the head of Shaphat's son Elisha remains on his shoulders today!"

NET Bible
Then he said, "May God judge me severely if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head by the end of the day!"

New Heart English Bible
Then he said, "God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stay on him this day."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said, "May God strike me dead if the head of Elisha, son of Shaphat, stays on his [body] today."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then he said: 'God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.'

New American Standard 1977
Then he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha, the son of Shaphat, shall remain upon him today.

King James 2000 Bible
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

American King James Version
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

American Standard Version
Then he said, God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king said: May God do so and so to me, and may he add more, if the head of Eliseus the son of Saphat shall stand on him this day.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, God do so, and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall remain on him this day!

English Revised Version
Then he said, God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

World English Bible
Then he said, "God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stay on him this day."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Thus doth God do to me, and thus He doth add -- if it remain -- the head of Elisha son of Shaphat -- upon him this day.'
Study Bible
The Siege and Famine of Samaria
30When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes. And as he passed by on the wall, the people saw the sackcloth under his clothes next to his skin. 31He announced, “May God punish me, and ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders through this day!” 32Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Do you see how this murderer has sent someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door to keep him out. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?”…
Cross References
Ruth 1:17
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."

1 Kings 19:2
So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "May the gods deal with me, and ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like the lives of those you killed!"

1 Kings 20:10
Then Ben-hadad sent another message to Ahab: "May the gods deal with me, and ever so severely, if enough dust remains of Samaria for each of my men to have a handful."

2 Kings 5:20
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared this Aramean, Naaman, while not accepting what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."

Treasury of Scripture

Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

God do so

Ruth 1:17 Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do …

1 Samuel 3:17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD has said to you? I pray …

1 Samuel 14:44 And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for you shall surely die, Jonathan.

1 Samuel 25:22 So and more also do God to the enemies of David…

2 Samuel 3:9,35 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD has sworn …

2 Samuel 19:13 And say you to Amasa, Are you not of my bone, and of my flesh? God …

1 Kings 2:23 Then king Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also…

if the head

1 Kings 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, …

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods …

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

Jeremiah 37:15,16 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put …

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this …

John 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die …

Acts 23:12,13 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …







(31) Then he said.--And he (i.e., the king), said.

God do so . . . to me.--Literally, So may God do to me, and so may he add: a common form of oath. (Comp. Ruth 1:17; 1Samuel 3:17; 1Kings 2:23.)

If the head of Elisha . . . this day.--The king's horror at the woman's dreadful story is succeeded by indignation against Elisha, who had probably counselled an unyielding resistance to the foe, in the steadfast faith that Jehovah would help His own; and who, prophet though he was, and endued with miraculous powers, had yet brought no help in this hour of urgent need. (Comp. with the oath that of Jezebel against Elijah, 1Kings 19:2.)

Verse 31. - Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him - i.e. "continue on him" - this day. The form of oath was a common one (comp. Ruth 1:17; 1 Samuel 3:17; 1 Samuel 25:22; 2 Samuel 19:13; 1 Kings 2:23; 1 Kings 19:2, etc.). It was an imprecation of evil on one's self, if one did, or if one failed to do, a certain thing. Why Jehoram should have considered Elisha as responsible for all the horrors of the siege is not apparent; but perhaps he supposed that it was in Elisha's power to work a miracle of any kind at any moment that he liked. If so, he misunderstood the nature of the miraculous gift. In threatening to behead Elisha, he is not making himself an executor of the Law, which nowhere sanctioned that mode of punishment, but assuming the arbitrary power of the other Oriental monarchs of his time, who regarded themselves as absolute masters of the lives and liberties of their subjects. Beheading was common in Egypt, in Babylonia, and in Assyria. Then he said, God do so and more also to me,.... He swore and made dreadful imprecations:

if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day; imputing the sore famine to him, because he had foretold it, and did not pray for the removal of it, as he might; and perhaps had advised and encouraged the king to hold out the siege, which had brought them to this extremity, and therefore was enraged at him. 6:24-33 Learn to value plenty, and to be thankful for it; see how contemptible money is, when in time of famine it is so freely parted with for any thing that is eatable! The language of Jehoram to the woman may be the language of despair. See the word of God fulfilled; among the threatenings of God's judgments upon Israel for their sins, this was one, that they should eat the flesh of their own children, De 28:53-57. The truth and the awful justice of God were displayed in this horrible transaction. Alas! what miseries sin has brought upon the world! But the foolishness of man perverts his way, and then his heart frets against the Lord. The king swears the death of Elisha. Wicked men will blame any one as the cause of their troubles, rather than themselves, and will not leave their sins. If rending the clothes, without a broken and contrite heart, would avail, if wearing sackcloth, without being renewed in the spirit of their mind, would serve, they would not stand out against the Lord. May the whole word of God increase in us reverent fear and holy hope, that we may be stedfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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