2 Kings 6:27
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English Standard Version
And he said, “If the LORD will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress?”

King James Bible
And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

American Standard Version
And he said, If Jehovah do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the threshing-floor, or out of the winepress?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: If the Lord doth not save thee, how can I save thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress? And the king said to her: What aileth thee? And she answered:

English Revised Version
And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the threshing-floor, or out of the winepress?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, If the LORD doth not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barn-floor, or out of the wine-press?

2 Kings 6:27 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Elisha forbade king Joram to slay the enemy that he had brought to him, because he had not taken them prisoners in war, and recommended him to treat them hospitably and then let them return to their lord. The object of the miracle would have been frustrated if the Syrians had been slain. For the intention was to show the Syrians that they had to do with a prophet of the true God, against whom no human power could be of any avail, that they might learn to fear the almighty God. Even when regarded from a political point of view, the prophet's advice was more likely to ensure peace than the king's proposal, as the result of 2 Kings 6:23 clearly shows. The Syrians did not venture any more to invade the land of Israel with flying parties, from fear of the obvious protection of Israel by its God; though this did not preclude a regular war, like that related in the following account. For אבי see the Comm. on 2 Kings 5:13. וגו שׁבית האשׁר: "art thou accustomed to slay that which thou hast taken captive with sword and bow?" i.e., since thou dost not even slay those whom thou hast made prisoners in open battle, how wouldst thou venture to put these to death? כּרה להם יכרה, he prepared them a meal. כּרה is a denom. from כּרה, a meal, so called from the union of several persons, like coena from κοινή (vid., Dietr. on Ges. Lex. s. v. כרה).

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If the lord, etc. or, Let not the Lord save thee.
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Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalm 118:8,9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man...

Psalm 124:1-3 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say...

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains...

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.

Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

2 Kings 6:26
Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, "Help, my lord, O king!"

2 Kings 6:28
And the king asked her, "What is your trouble?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.'

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