6:31 Then he said, “May God judge me severely 1 if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head by the end of the day!” 2
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 3 The king 4 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 5 Elisha 6 said to the leaders, 7 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 8 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 9 6:33 He was still talking to them when 10 the messenger approached 11 and said, “Look, the Lord is responsible for this disaster! 12 Why should I continue to wait for the Lord to help?”
1 tn Heb “So may God do to me, and so may he add.”
2 tn Heb “if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat stays on him today.”
3 tn Heb “and the elders were sitting with him.”
4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn Heb “sent a man from before him, before the messenger came to him.”
6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Heb “elders.”
8 tn Heb “Do you see that this son of an assassin has sent to remove my head?”
9 tn Heb “Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?”
10 tn The Hebrew text also has “look” here.
11 tn Heb “came down to him.”
12 tn Heb “Look, this is a disaster from the