“The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight, and disease, or a locust 1 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 2 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs.
These double disasters confronted you. But who feels sorry for you? Destruction and devastation, famine and sword. But who consoles you? 1
But I will let a small number of them survive the sword, famine, and pestilence, so that they can confess all their abominable practices to the nations where they go. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
I will see to it that all the Judean remnant that was determined to go 1 and live in the land of Egypt will be destroyed. Here in the land of Egypt they will fall in battle 2 or perish from starvation. People of every class 3 will die in war or from starvation. They will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example of those who have been cursed and that people use in pronouncing a curse. 4
During David’s reign there was a famine for three consecutive years. So David inquired of the Lord. 1 The Lord said, “It is because of Saul and his bloodstained family, 2 because he murdered the Gibeonites.”
“You and your people 1 are right in saying, ‘War, 2 starvation, and disease are sure to make this city fall into the hands of the king of Babylon.’ 3 But now I, the Lord God of Israel, have something further to say about this city: 4
So now be very sure of this: You will die from war, starvation, or disease in the place where you want to go and live.”
If they ask you, ‘Where should we go?’ tell them the Lord says this: “Those who are destined to die of disease will go to death by disease. Those who are destined to die in war will go to death in war. Those who are destined to die of starvation will go to death by starvation. Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile.” 1
Then they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to live as temporary residents 1 in the land. There 2 is no pasture for your servants’ flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. So now, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”
“The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight and disease, or a locust 1 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 2 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs.
“Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, 1 cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals.
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem 1 to kill both people and animals!