6:24 Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked 1 and besieged Samaria. 2 6:25 Samaria’s food supply ran out. 3 They laid siege to it so long that 4 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 5 and a quarter of a kab 6 of dove’s droppings 7 for five shekels of silver. 8
2 Kings 17:5Context
17:5 The king of Assyria marched through 9 the whole land. He attacked Samaria and besieged it for three years.
2 Kings 19:9Context
19:9 The king 10 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. 11 He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them:
2 Kings 24:11Context
24:11 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his generals were besieging it.
1 tn Heb “went up.”
3 tn Heb “and there was a great famine in Samaria.”
4 tn Heb “and look, [they] were besieging it until.”
5 tn Heb “eighty, silver.” The unit of measurement is omitted.
6 sn A kab was a unit of dry measure, equivalent to approximately one quart.
7 tn The consonantal text (Kethib) reads, “dove dung” (חֲרֵייוֹנִים, khareyonim), while the marginal reading (Qere) has “discharge” (דִּבְיוֹנִים, divyonim). Based on evidence from Akkadian, M. Cogan and H. Tadmor (II Kings [AB], 79) suggest that “dove’s dung” was a popular name for the inedible husks of seeds.
8 tn Heb “five, silver.” The unit of measurement is omitted.
9 tn Heb “went up against.”
10 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
11 tn Heb “heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, ‘Look, he has come out to fight with you.’”