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The meaning and origin of the expression: Far be it from me

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Far be it from me


A disassociation from something - 'God forbid that I should... ' [do that thing].


From the Wycliffe's Bible, 1382, Genesis 44:17:

Josephe answerde, Fer be it fro me, that Y thus do.

The expression also appears in the later King James Version, 1611, Samuel 20:20:

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