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.
Treasury of Scripture
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.
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...
2 Kings 3:10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD has 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...
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 your debt, and live you and your children of the rest.
Exodus 22:14,15 And if a man borrow ought of his neighbor, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good...
Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives.
ContextThe Axe Head Floats
1And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too strait for us. 2Let us go, we pray you, to Jordan, and take there every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go you. 3And one said, Be content, I pray you, and go with your servants. And he answered, I will go. 4So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 5But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 6And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 7Therefore said he, Take it up to you. And he put out his hand, and took it.
Parallel VersesAmerican 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.
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!
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.
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!'