2 Kings 6:5
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.”

Berean Study Bible
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my master,” he cried out, “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.

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!"

Contemporary English Version
While one of the prophets was working, his ax head fell off and dropped into the water. "Oh!" he shouted. "Sir, I borrowed this ax."

Good News Translation
As one of them was cutting down a tree, suddenly his iron ax head fell in the water. "What shall I do, sir?" he exclaimed to Elisha. "It was a borrowed ax!"

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!"

New Heart 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."

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And behold, one was cutting down a beam, and the axe head fell into the water: and he cried out, Alas! master: and it was hidden.

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 Axhead Floats
4So Elisha went with them, and when they came to the Jordan, they began to cut down some trees. 5As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my master,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!” 6“Where did it fall?” asked the man of God. And when he showed him the place, the man of God cut a stick, threw it there, and made the iron float.…
Cross References
2 Kings 6:4
So Elisha went with them, and when they came to the Jordan, they began to cut down some trees.

2 Kings 6:6
"Where did it fall?" asked the man of God. And when he showed him the place, the man of God cut a stick, 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 to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Isaiah 10:34
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

Alas, master

2 Kings 6:15
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

2 Kings 3:10
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!

Revelation 18:10,16,19
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come…

for it was borrowed

2 Kings 4:7
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Exodus 22:14,15
And if a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good…

Psalm 37:21
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.







Lexicon
As one
הָֽאֶחָד֙ (hā·’e·ḥāḏ)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

of them was cutting down
מַפִּ֣יל (map·pîl)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

a tree,
הַקּוֹרָ֔ה (haq·qō·w·rāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6982: A rafter, a roof

the iron [axhead]
הַבַּרְזֶ֖ל (hab·bar·zel)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1270: Iron, an iron implement

fell
נָפַ֣ל (nā·p̄al)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the water.
הַמָּ֑יִם (ham·mā·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

“Oh,
אֲהָ֥הּ (’ă·hāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 162: Alas!

my master,”
אֲדֹנִ֖י (’ă·ḏō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

he cried out,
וַיִּצְעַ֥ק (way·yiṣ·‘aq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6817: To shriek, to proclaim

“it
וְה֥וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

was borrowed!”
שָׁאֽוּל׃ (šā·’ūl)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand
(5) But.--Heb., and it came to pass, the one was felling the beam. Not necessarily "the one" of 2Kings 6:3, but the one (whoever it was) to whom the mishap occurred, as presently related.

The ax head fell.--Heb., and as for the iron, it fell. The subject of the verb is made prominent by being put first in the accusative. It is thus implied that something happened to the iron. Perhaps, however, it is better to consider that the particle, which usually marks the object of the verb, in cases like the present has its etymological meaning of "something" ('eth being regarded as equivalent to yath, and so to y?sh). (See Winer, Chaldaische Grammatik, ed. Fischer.)

Master!--My lord, Elisha. He instinctively appeals to Elisha for help.

For it was borrowed.--Heb., and that one was borrowed. Vulg., "et hoc ipsum mutuo acceperam."

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. 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.
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