There were others who said, “We are putting up our fields, our vineyards, and our houses as collateral in order to obtain grain during the famine.”
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 1
Now Elisha went back to Gilgal, while there was famine in the land. Some of the prophets were visiting him 1 and he told his servant, “Put the big pot on the fire 2 and boil some stew for the prophets.” 3
Samaria’s food supply ran out. 1 They laid siege to it so long that 2 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 3 and a quarter of a kab 4 of dove’s droppings 5 for five shekels of silver. 6
A third of your people will die of plague or be overcome by the famine within you. 1 A third of your people will fall by the sword surrounding you, 2 and a third I will scatter to the winds. I will unleash a sword behind them.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say, “Ah!” because of all the evil, abominable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine, and pestilence. 1
The one far away will die by pestilence, the one close by will fall by the sword, and whoever is left and has escaped these 1 will die by famine. I will fully vent my rage against them.
They will die of deadly diseases. No one will mourn for them. They will not be buried. Their dead bodies will lie like manure spread on the ground. They will be killed in war or die of starvation. Their corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals.
Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians who are besieging it will live. They will escape with their lives. 1
I will chase after them with war, 1 starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them.
“The Lord says, ‘Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. 1 Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians 2 will live. They will escape with their lives.’” 3
All the people who are determined to go and settle in Egypt will die from war, starvation, or disease. No one will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’
But ever since we stopped sacrificing and pouring out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven, we have been in great need. Our people have died in wars or of starvation.” 1
Now Elisha advised the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “You and your family should go and live somewhere else for a while, 1 for the Lord has decreed that a famine will overtake the land for seven years.”
‘If disaster comes on us in the form of military attack, 1 judgment, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple before you, for you are present in this temple. 2 We will cry out to you for help in our distress, so that you will 3 hear and deliver us.’