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2 Kings 6:31-32

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?”

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