I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated,
Why should we die before your very eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we, with our land, will become 1 Pharaoh’s slaves. 2 Give us seed that we may live 3 and not die. Then the land will not become desolate.” 4
Then the anger of the Lord will erupt 1 against you and he will close up the sky 2 so that it does not rain. The land will not yield its produce, and you will soon be removed 3 from the good land that the Lord 4 is about to give you.