2 Samuel 20:20
New International Version
"Far be it from me!" Joab replied, "Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!

New Living Translation
And Joab replied, "Believe me, I don't want to devour or destroy your town!

English Standard Version
Joab answered, “Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy!

Berean Study Bible
“Far be it!” Joab declared. “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!

New American Standard Bible
Joab replied, "Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy!

King James Bible
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Christian Standard Bible
Joab protested: "Never! I would never devour or demolish!

Contemporary English Version
Joab answered, "No, no! I'm not trying to wipe you out or destroy your town!

Good News Translation
"Never!" Joab answered. "I will never ruin or destroy your city!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joab protested: "Never! I do not want to destroy!

International Standard Version
But Joab replied, "No way! No way! I'm not here to devour or destroy!

NET Bible
Joab answered, "Get serious! I don't want to swallow up or destroy anything!

New Heart English Bible
Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joab answered, "That's unthinkable! I don't wish to swallow [it] up or destroy [it].

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joab answered and said: 'Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

New American Standard 1977
And Joab answered and said, “Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy!

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

American King James Version
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

American Standard Version
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should ruin or destroy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joab answering said: God forbid, God forbid that I should, I do not throw down, nor destroy.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

English Revised Version
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

World English Bible
Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joab answereth and saith, 'Far be it -- far be it from me; I do not swallow up nor destroy.
Study Bible
Sheba's Rebellion
19I am among the peaceable and faithful in Israel, but you are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow up the LORD’s inheritance?” 20“Far be it!” Joab declared. “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy! 21That is not the case. But a man named Sheba son of Bichri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Deliver him alone, and I will depart from the city.” “Look,” the woman replied, “his head will be thrown to you over the wall.”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 20:19
I am among the peaceable and faithful in Israel, but you are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why would you swallow up the LORD's inheritance?"

2 Samuel 20:21
That is not the case. But a man named Sheba son of Bichri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Deliver him alone, and I will depart from the city." "Look," the woman replied, "his head will be thrown to you over the wall."

Treasury of Scripture

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Far be it

2 Samuel 23:17
And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

Job 21:16
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Job 22:18
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

that I should

2 Samuel 20:10
But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

Proverbs 28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?







Lexicon
“Far be it!”
חָלִ֤ילָה (ḥā·lî·lāh)
Interjection | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2486: For, a profaned thing, far be it!

Joab
יוֹאָ֖ב (yō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3097: Joab -- 'the LORD is father', three Israelites

declared.
וַיֹּאמַ֑ר (way·yō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Far be it
חָלִ֙ילָה֙ (ḥā·lî·lāh)
Interjection | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2486: For, a profaned thing, far be it!

from me
לִ֔י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

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

swallow up
אֲבַלַּ֖ע (’ă·ḇal·la‘)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf

or
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

destroy!
אַשְׁחִֽית׃ (’aš·ḥîṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin
(20) Far be it from me.--Joab strongly disclaims the idea of any further harm to any one than the necessary destruction of the rebel Sheba. Joab's character "is strongly brought out in the transaction. Politic, decided, bold, and unscrupulous, but never needlessly cruel or impulsive, or even revengeful. No life is safe that stands in his way, but from policy he never sacrifices the most insignificant life without a purpose."--Speaker's Commentary.

20:14-22 Justly is that place attacked, which dares to harbour a traitor; nor will the heart fare better which indulges rebellious lusts, that will not have Christ to reign over them. A discreet woman, by her prudent management, satisfied Joab, and yet saved the city. Wisdom is not confined to rank or sex; it consists not in deep knowledge; but in understanding how to act as matters arise, that troubles may be turned away and benefits secured. A great deal of mischief would be prevented, if contending parties would understand one another. Let both sides be undeceived. The single condition of peace is, the surrender of the traitor. It is so in God's dealing with the soul, when besieged by conviction and distress; sin is the traitor; the beloved lust is the rebel: part with that, cast away the transgression, and all shall be well. There is no peace on any other terms.
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