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
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?”