2 Kings 25:3
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New International Version
By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.

New Living Translation
By July 18 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah's reign, the famine in the city had become very severe, and the last of the food was entirely gone.

English Standard Version
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

New American Standard Bible
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

King James Bible
And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that the people of the land had no food.

International Standard Version
By the ninth day of the fourth month, the resulting famine had become so severe in the city that no food remained for the people who lived in the land.

NET Bible
By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city was so severe the residents had no food.

New Heart English Bible
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On the ninth day of the fourth month, the famine in the city became so severe that the common people had no food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
On the ninth day of the [fourth] month the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

New American Standard 1977
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And on the ninth of the month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no food for the people of the land.

American King James Version
And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

American Standard Version
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ninth day of the month: and a famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

Darby Bible Translation
On the ninth of the [fourth] month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

English Revised Version
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

World English Bible
On the ninth day of the [fourth] month the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Young's Literal Translation
on the ninth of the month -- when the famine is severe in the city, and there hath not been bread for the people of the land,
Study Bible
Nebuchadnezzar Besieges Jerusalem
2So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 4Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king's garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. And they went by way of the Arabah.…
Cross References
2 Kings 6:24
Now it came about after this, that Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.

2 Kings 6:25
There was a great famine in Samaria; and behold, they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a kab of dove's dung for five shekels of silver.

2 Kings 25:2
So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

Jeremiah 37:21
Then King Zedekiah gave commandment, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guardhouse and gave him a loaf of bread daily from the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guardhouse.

Jeremiah 52:6
On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.

Lamentations 4:9
Better are those slain with the sword Than those slain with hunger; For they pine away, being stricken For lack of the fruits of the field.

Lamentations 4:10
The hands of compassionate women Boiled their own children; They became food for them Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Zechariah 8:19
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.'
Treasury of Scripture

And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

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Jeremiah 39:2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth …

Jeremiah 52:6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine …

Zechariah 8:19 Thus said the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the …

the famine.

Leviticus 26:26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake …

Deuteronomy 28:52,53 And he shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fenced …

Lamentations 4:4-10 The tongue of the sucking child sticks to the roof of his mouth for …

Ezekiel 4:9-17 Take you also to you wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and …

Ezekiel 5:10,12 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the middle of you, and …

Ezekiel 7:15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he …

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus said the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore …

there was no.

Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah …

Jeremiah 38:2 Thus said the LORD, He that remains in this city shall die by the …

(3) And on the ninth day of the fourth month.--The text is supplemented from Jeremiah 39:2; Jeremiah 52:6. The Syriac, however, has, "And in the eleventh year of King Zedekiah, in the fifth month, on the ninth day of the month, the famine prevailed," &c.; which may be original. (Comp. 2Kings 25:1.)

The famine prevailed.--Not that the scarcity was first felt on that day, but that it then had reached a climax, so that defence was no longer possible. The horrors of the siege are referred to in Lamentations 2:11 seq., Lamentations 2:19 seq., Lamentations 4:3-10; Ezekiel 5:10; Baruch 2:3. As in the famine of Samaria and the last siege of Jerusalem, parents ate their own offspring. (Comp. the prophetic threats of Leviticus 26:29; Deuteronomy 28:53 seq.; Jeremiah 15:2 seq., Jeremiah 27:13; Ezekiel 4:16 seq.)

The people of the land.--The population of the city, especially the families which had crowded into it from the country. Thenius, as usual, insists that the militia are meant. But these are the "men of war" (2Kings 25:4).

Verse 3. - And on the ninth day of the fourth month. The text of Kings is here incomplete, and has to be restored from Jeremiah 52:6. Our translators have supplied the missing words. The famine prevailed in the city (see the comment on ver. 2). As I have elsewhere observed, "The intensity of the suffering endured may be gathered from Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Josephus. The complexions of the men grew black with famine (Lamentations 4:8; Lamentations 5:10); their skin was shrunk and parched (Lamentations 4:8); the rich and noble women searched the dunghills for setups of offal (Lamentations 4:5); the children perished for want, or were even devoured by their parents (Lamentations 2:20; Lamentations 4:3, 4, 10; Ezekiel 5:10); water was scarce, as well as food, and was sold at a price (Lamentations 5:4); third part of the inhabitants died of the famine, and the plague which grew out of it (Ezekiel 5:12)" (see the 'Speaker's Commentary,' vol. it. p. 147). And there was no bread for the people of the land. Bread commonly fails comparatively early in a siege. It was some time before the fall of the city that Ebed-Meleeh expressed his fear that Jeremiah would starve, since there was no more bread in the place (see Jeremiah 38:9). 3. on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed—In consequence of the close and protracted blockade, the inhabitants were reduced to dreadful extremities; and under the maddening influence of hunger, the most inhuman atrocities were perpetrated (La 2:20, 22; 4:9, 10; Eze 5:10). This was a fulfilment of the prophetic denunciations threatened on the apostasy of the chosen people (Le 26:29; De 28:53-57; Jer 15:2; 27:13; Eze 4:16).25:1-7 Jerusalem was so fortified, that it could not be taken till famine rendered the besieged unable to resist. In the prophecy and Lamentations of Jeremiah, we find more of this event; here it suffices to say, that the impiety and misery of the besieged were very great. At length the city was taken by storm. The king, his family, and his great men escaped in the night, by secret passages. But those deceive themselves who think to escape God's judgments, as much as those who think to brave them. By what befell Zedekiah, two prophecies, which seemed to contradict each other, were both fulfilled. Jeremiah prophesied that Zedekiah should be brought to Babylon, Jer 32:5; 34:3; Ezekiel, that he should not see Babylon, Eze 12:13. He was brought thither, but his eyes being put out, he did not see it.
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