So he said to his servants, “Look, Joab has a portion of field adjacent to mine and he has some barley there. Go and set it on fire.” 1 So Absalom’s servants set Joab’s 2 portion of the field on fire.
He turned them over to the Gibeonites, and they executed them on a hill before the Lord. The seven of them 1 died 2 together; they were put to death during harvest time – during the first days of the beginning 3 of the barley harvest.
Then 1 I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 2 of wheat will cost a day’s pay 3 and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 4 do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
Then he said, “Hold out the shawl 1 you are wearing 2 and grip it tightly.” As she held it tightly, he measured out about sixty pounds 3 of barley into the shawl and put it on her shoulders. Then he 4 went into town,
Now a man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet 1 – twenty loaves of bread made from the firstfruits of the barley harvest, as well as fresh ears of grain. 2 Elisha 3 said, “Set it before the people so they may eat.”
Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord says, ‘About this time tomorrow a seah 1 of finely milled flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.’”
But there were ten men among them who said 1 to Ishmael, “Do not kill us. For we will give you the stores of wheat, barley, olive oil, and honey we have hidden in a field. 2 So he spared their lives and did not kill 3 them along with the rest. 4
then 1 the man must bring his wife to the priest, and he must bring the offering required for her, one tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he must not pour olive oil on it or put frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of suspicion, 2 a grain offering for remembering, 3 for bringing 4 iniquity to remembrance.
When Gideon arrived, he heard a man telling another man about a dream he had. 1 The man 2 said, “Look! I had a dream. I saw 3 a stale cake of barley bread rolling into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent so hard it knocked it over and turned it upside down. The tent just collapsed.” 4
He launched a military campaign 1 against the king of the Ammonites and defeated them. That year the Ammonites paid him 100 talents 2 of silver, 10,000 kors 3 of wheat, and 10,000 kors 4 of barley. The Ammonites also paid this same amount of annual tribute the next two years. 5
“As for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, 1 put them in a single container, and make food 2 from them for yourself. For the same number of days that you lie on your side – 390 days 3 – you will eat it.
You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. You have put to death people 1 who should not die and kept alive those who should not live by your lies to my people, who listen to lies!
It will be as when one gathers the grain harvest, and his hand gleans the ear of grain. It will be like one gathering the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.
Ask the Lord for rain in the season of the late spring rains 1 – the Lord who causes thunderstorms – and he will give everyone showers of rain and green growth in the field.