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!

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

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

New American Standard Bible
Joab replied, “Far be it, far be it from me that I would consume or destroy!

NASB 1995
Joab replied, "Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy!

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

Amplified Bible
Joab answered, “Far be it, far be it from me that I would swallow up or destroy!

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yuab answered and he said to her: “I shall not avenge myself and I shall not destroy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Joab answers and says, “Far be it—far be it from me; I do not swallow up nor 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 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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?









(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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

Joab
יוֹאָ֖ב (yō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 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 559: To utter, say

“Far be it
חָלִ֙ילָה֙ (ḥā·lî·lāh)
Interjection | third person feminine singular
Strong's 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 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

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

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

destroy!
אַשְׁחִֽית׃ (’aš·ḥîṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin


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