2 Kings 6:31
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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.”

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.

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.

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.

2 Kings 6:31 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The famine became great - till an ass's head was worth eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of dove's dung was worth five shekels. היה בּ, to become for equals to be worth. The ass was an unclean animal, so that it was not lawful to eat its flesh. Moreover the head of an ass is the most inedible part of the animal. Eighty shekels were about seventy thalers (10, 10s. - Tr.), or if the Mosaic bekas were called shekels in ordinary life, thirty-five thalers (5, 5s.; see Bertheau, Zur Gesch. der Isr. p. 49). According to Thenius, a quarter of a cab is a sixth of a small Dresden measure (Msschen), not quite ten Parisian cubic inches. Five shekels: more than four thalers (twelve shillings), or more than two thalers (six shillings). The Chetbib חרייונים is to be read יונים, excrementa columbarum, for which the Keri substitues the euphemistic יונים, fluxus, profluvium columbarum. The expression may be taken literally, since dung has been known to be collected for eating in times of terrible famine (vid., Joseph. Bell. Jud. v. 13, 7); but it may also be figuratively employed to signify a very miserable kind of food, as the Arabs call the herba Alcali Arab. s̆nân, i.e., sparrow's dung, and the Germans call Asa foetida Teufelsdreck. But there is no ground for thinking of wasted chick-pease, as Bochart (Hieroz. ii. p. 582, ed. Ros.) supposes (see, on the other hand, Celsii Hierobot. ii. p. 30ff.).

(Note: Clericus gives as a substantial parallel the following passage from Plutarch (Artax. c. 24): "he only killed the beasts of burden, so that the head of an ass was hardly to be bought for sixty drachmae;" and Grotius quote the statement in Plin. h. n. viii. 57, that when Casalinum was besieged by Hannibal a mouse was sold for 200 denaria.)

2 Kings 6:31 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God do so

Ruth 1:17 Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me.

1 Samuel 3:17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD has said to you? I pray you hide it not from me: God do so to you, and more also...

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 to David, even so I do to him...

2 Samuel 19:13 And say you to Amasa, Are you not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also...

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, Are you he that troubles Israel?

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also...

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD...

Jeremiah 37:15,16 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe...

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this man be put to death...

John 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

Acts 23:12,13 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...

Cross References
Ruth 1:17
Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you."

1 Kings 19:2
Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow."

1 Kings 20:10
Ben-hadad sent to him and said, "The gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me."

2 Kings 5:20
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."

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