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2 Kings 6:5

    2 Kings 6:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But one of them, while cutting a board, let the head of his axe go into the water; and he gave a cry, and said, This is a bad business, my master, for it is another's.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    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."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 6:5

    Alas, master! for it was borrowed - אהה אדני והוא שאול ahah adonia, vehu shaul! Ah! ah, my master; and it has been sought. It has fallen in, and I have sought it in vain. Or, it was borrowed, and therefore I am the more afflicted for its loss; and Jarchi adds, I have nothing wherewith to repay it.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 6:5

    The ax head - literally, as in the margin. The Jews used iron for the heads of axes at a very early date (see Deuteronomy 19:5). They probably acquired a knowledge of the smelting process in Egypt, where iron was employed at least from the time of the third Rameses.