2 Samuel 20:20
Good News Translation
"Never!" Joab answered. "I will never ruin or destroy your city!

Contemporary English Version
Joab answered, "No, no! I'm not trying to wipe you out or destroy your town!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joab answering said: God forbid, God forbid that I should, I do not throw down, nor destroy.

New American Bible
Joab answered, “Not at all, not at all! I do not wish to swallow or batter anything.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Joab answering said: God forbid, God forbid that I should, I do not throw down, nor destroy.

Far be it

2 Samuel 23:17 Saying: The Lord be merciful to me, that I may not do this: shall I drink the blood of these men that went, and the peril of their lives? therefore he would not drink. These things did these three mighty men.

Job 21:16 Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me.

Job 22:18 Whereas he had filled their houses with good things: whose way of thinking be far from me.

that I should

2 Samuel 20:10 But Amasa did not take notice of the sword, which Joab had, and he struck him in the side, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and gave him not a second wound, and he died. And Joab, and Abisai his brother pursued after Seba the son of Bochri.

Proverbs 28:13 He that hideth his sins, shall not prosper: but he that shall confess, and forsake them, shall obtain mercy.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it?

Luke 10:29 But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour?

Context
Sheba's Rebellion
19Am not I she that answer truth in Israel, and thou seekest to destroy the city, and to overthrow a mother in Israel? Why wilt thou throw down the inheritance of the Lord? 20And Joab answering said: God forbid, God forbid that I should, I do not throw down, nor destroy.21The matter is not so, but a man of mount Ephraim, Seba the son of Bochri by name, hath lifted up his hand against king David: deliver him only, and we will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab: Behold his head shall be thrown to thee from the wall.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 20:19
Am not I she that answer truth in Israel, and thou seekest to destroy the city, and to overthrow a mother in Israel? Why wilt thou throw down the inheritance of the Lord?

2 Samuel 20:21
The matter is not so, but a man of mount Ephraim, Seba the son of Bochri by name, hath lifted up his hand against king David: deliver him only, and we will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab: Behold his head shall be thrown to thee from the wall.

Additional Translations
“Far be it!” Joab declared. “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should ruin or destroy.

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

And Joab answereth and saith, 'Far be it -- far be it from me; I do not swallow up nor destroy.
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