2 Kings 6:5
Good News Translation
As one of them was cutting down a tree, suddenly his iron ax head fell in the water. "What shall I do, sir?" he exclaimed to Elisha. "It was a borrowed ax!"

Contemporary English Version
While one of the prophets was working, his ax head fell off and dropped into the water. "Oh!" he shouted. "Sir, I borrowed this ax."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it happened, as one was felling some timber, that the head of the ax fell into the water: and he cried out, and said: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, for this same was borrowed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it happened, as one was felling some timber, that the head of the ax fell into the water: and he cried out, and said: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, for this same was borrowed.

axe head [heb] iron

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom.

Isaiah 10:34 And the thickets of the forest shall be cut down with iron, and Libanus with its high ones shall fall.

Alas, master

2 Kings 6:15 And the servant of the man of God, rising early went out, and saw an army round about the city, and horses and chariots: and he told him, saying: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, what shall we do?

2 Kings 3:10 And the king of Israel said: Alas, alas, alas, the Lord hath gathered us three kings together, to deliver us into the hands of Moab.

Revelation 18:10,16,19 Standing afar off for fear of her torments, saying: Alas! alas! that great city, Babylon, that mighty city: for in one hour is thy judgment come. . . .

for it was borrowed

2 Kings 4:7 And she came, and told the man of God. And he said: Go, sell the oil, and pay thy creditor: and thou and thy sons live of the rest.

Exodus 22:14,15 If a man borrow of his neighbour any of these things, and it be hurt or die, the owner not being present, he shall be obliged to make restitution. . . .

Psalm 37:21 The sinner shall borrow, and not pay again; but the just sheweth mercy and shall give.

Context
The Axhead Floats
4So he went with them. And when they were come to the Jordan, they cut down wood. 5And it happened, as one was felling some timber, that the head of the ax fell into the water: and he cried out, and said: Alas, alas, alas, my lord, for this same was borrowed.6And the man of God said: Where did it fall? and he shewed him the place: Then he cut off a piece of wood, and cast it in thither: and the iron swam.…
Cross References
2 Kings 6:4
So he went with them. And when they were come to the Jordan, they cut down wood.

2 Kings 6:6
And the man of God said: Where did it fall? and he shewed him the place: Then he cut off a piece of wood, and cast it in thither: and the iron swam.

Additional Translations
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my master,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!”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.

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 behold, one was cutting down a beam, and the axe head fell into the water: and he cried out, Alas! master: and it was hidden.

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!

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.

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.

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."

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!'
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