Behold! the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land--not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
Cross References1 Samuel 3:1
And the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. Now in those days the word of the LORD was rare and visions were scarce.
2 Chronicles 15:3
For many years Israel has been without the true God, without a priest to instruct them, and without law.
There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer any prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
The Lord will give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, but your Teacher will no longer hide Himself--with your own eyes you will see Him.
Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests and counsel from the ancients will perish.
Otherwise, I will strip her naked and expose her like the day of her birth. I will make her like a desert and turn her into a parched land, and I will let her die of thirst.
Therefore the night will come over you without visions, and the darkness without divination. The sun will set on these prophets, and the daylight will turn black over them.
Chapter Outline1. By a basket of summer fruit is shown the approach of Israel's end.
4. Oppression is reproved.
11. A famine of the word of God threatened.
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1 Samuel 3:1
1 Samuel 28:6, 15
Isaiah 30:20, 21
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