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2 Kings 6:24-25

The Lord Saves Samaria

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 17:5

17:5 The king of Assyria marched through 9  the whole land. He attacked Samaria and besieged it for three years.

2 Kings 19:9

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 24:11

24:11 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to the city while his generals were besieging it.

1 tn Heb “went up.”

2 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

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.’”

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