Parallel Verses

King James 2000

And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you?

New American Standard Bible

So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

King James Version

And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

Holman Bible

So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”

International Standard Version

So I sent messengers to them, replying "I am involved in a great endeavor, so I can't leave. Why should the work stop while I leave it to come down to you?"

A Conservative Version

And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it, and come down to you?

American Standard Version

And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

Amplified

So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave to come down to [meet with] you?”

Bible in Basic English

And I sent men to them saying, I am doing a great work, so that it is not possible for me to come down: is the work to be stopped while I go away from it and come down to you?

Darby Translation

And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it and come down to you?

Julia Smith Translation

And I shall send messengers to them, saying, I do a great work, and I shall not be able to come down: wherefore shall the work cease when I shall desist and come down to you?

Lexham Expanded Bible

So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I am not able to come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you all?"

Modern King James verseion

And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and come down to you?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Notwithstanding, I sent messengers unto them, saying, "I have a great business to do, I cannot come down. The work should stand still, if I were negligent, and came down to you."

NET Bible

So I sent messengers to them saying, "I am engaged in an important work, and I am unable to come down. Why should the work come to a halt when I leave it to come down to you?"

New Heart English Bible

I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I can't come down. Why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you?"

The Emphasized Bible

So I sent unto them messengers, saying, A great work, am, I, doing, and cannot come down, - wherefore should the work cease whilst I leave it, and come down unto you?

Webster

And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

World English Bible

I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I can't come down. Why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you?"

Youngs Literal Translation

And I send unto them messengers, saying, 'A great work I am doing, and I am not able to come down; why doth the work cease when I let it alone, and have come down unto you?'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And I sent
שׁלח 
Shalach 
Usage: 848

מלאך 
Mal'ak 
Usage: 213

a great
גּדל גּדול 
Gadowl 
Usage: 528

מלאכה 
M@la'kah 
Usage: 167

so that I cannot
יכול יכל 
Yakol 
Usage: 194

ירד 
Yarad 
Usage: 378

מלאכה 
M@la'kah 
Usage: 167

שׁבת 
Shabath 
Usage: 71

I leave
רפה 
Raphah 
Usage: 46

it, and come down
ירד 
Yarad 
Usage: 378

References

American

Morish

Context Readings

Enemies Foiled

2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me harm. 3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you? 4 Yet they sent unto me four times in this way; and I answered them after the same manner.


Cross References

Proverbs 14:15

The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well where he is going.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Luke 14:30

Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

John 9:4

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

1 Timothy 4:15-16

Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your progress may appear to all.

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