But as one was felling a beam
Cutting down a tree, or a branch of it:
the axe head fell into the water:
into the waters of Jordan; or "the iron" F4, the iron part of it, with which the wood was cut; that flew off from the helve into the water:
and he cried, and said, alas, master! for it was
it grieved him to lose his axe, because he could do no more work, and the more because it was not his own, but he had borrowed it of his neighbour; and still more, because, as it seems, he was poor, and not able to pay for it, which, being of an honest disposition, gave him distress.