Luke 15:14
New International Version
After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

New Living Translation
About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.

English Standard Version
And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.

Berean Study Bible
After he had spent all he had, a severe famine swept through that country, and he began to be in need.

Berean Literal Bible
But of him having spent all, there arose a severe famine throughout that country, and he began to be in need.

King James Bible
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

New King James Version
But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

New American Standard Bible
Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began doing without.

NASB 1995
“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.

NASB 1977
“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be in need.

Amplified Bible
Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to do without and be in need.

Christian Standard Bible
After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing.

American Standard Version
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And when he had spent everything that he had, there was a great famine in that country and he began to be wanting.”

Contemporary English Version
He had spent everything, when a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after he had spent all, there came a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.

English Revised Version
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.

Good News Translation
He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He had nothing left when a severe famine spread throughout that country. He had nothing to live on.

International Standard Version
After he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.

Literal Standard Version
and he having spent all, there came a mighty famine on that country, and himself began to be in want;

NET Bible
Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need.

New Heart English Bible
When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.

Weymouth New Testament
At last, when he had spent everything, there came a terrible famine throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch of want.

World English Bible
When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.

Young's Literal Translation
and he having spent all, there came a mighty famine on that country, and himself began to be in want;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
13After a few days, the younger son got everything together and journeyed to a distant country, where he squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent all he had, a severe famine swept through that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs.…

Cross References
Proverbs 13:25
A righteous man eats to his heart's content, but the stomach of the wicked is empty.

Luke 15:13
After a few days, the younger son got everything together and journeyed to a distant country, where he squandered his wealth in wild living.

Luke 15:15
So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs.


Treasury of Scripture

And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

arose.

2 Chronicles 33:11
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

Ezekiel 16:27
Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

Hosea 2:9-14
Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness…









(14) There arose a mighty famine in that land.--This again was no unwonted incident. The famine which "came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar" (Acts 11:28) was more extensive and memorable than others, but it was far from standing alone. And now the pinch came. His treasure was gone, and for the fulness of bread there was hunger and "cleanness of teeth" (Amos 4:6). In the individual interpretation of the parable, the mighty famine is the yearning of the soul's unsatisfied desire, the absence of its true food, of "the bread that cometh down from heaven." (See Notes on John 6:32.) In its wider range it is the craving of humanity for what it cannot find when appetites are not satisfied, and their wonted supply ceases--the famine, not of bread and of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord (Amos 8:11); the want of a message from the Eternal Father to sustain the life of His children.

Verse 14. - And when he had spent all. True of many a soul in all times, but especially in that age of excessive luxury and splendour and of unbridled passions.

"On that hard Roman world, disgust
And secret loathing fell;
Deep weariness and sated lust
Made human life a hell."


(Matthew Arnold.) There arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. The "mighty famine" may be understood to represent difficult times. Wax or political convulsions, so common in those days, may have speedily brought about the ruin of many like the prodigal of our story, and his comparatively small fortune would quickly have been swallowed up. Selfish evil-living, excesses of various kinds, had gained him no real friends, but had left him to meet the ruin of his fortune with enfeebled powers, homeless and friendless; hence the depth of the degradation in which we speedily find him. Not an unusual figure in the great world-drama, this of the younger son - the man who had sacrificed everything for selfish pleasure, and soon found he had absolutely nothing left but suffering. Very touchingly the greatest, perhaps, of our English poets writes of this awful soul-famine. In his case fortune and rank still remained to him, but everything that can really make life precious and beautiful had been wasted.

"My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the anguish, and the grief,
Are mine alone.

"The fire that on my bosom preys
Is lone as some volcanic isle;
No torch is kindled at its blaze -
A funeral pile!"


(Byron.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
After
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

he
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

had spent
Δαπανήσαντος (Dapanēsantos)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 1159: To spend, bear expense, waste, squander. From dapane; to expend, i.e. to incur cost, or to waste.

all [he had],
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

a severe
ἰσχυρὰ (ischyra)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2478: Strong (originally and generally of physical strength); mighty, powerful, vehement, sure. From ischus; forcible.

famine
λιμὸς (limos)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3042: A famine, hunger. Probably from leipo; a scarcity of food.

swept
ἐγένετο (egeneto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

through
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

that
ἐκείνην (ekeinēn)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

country,
χώραν (chōran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5561: Feminine of a derivative of the base of chasma through the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. A space of territory.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he
αὐτὸς (autos)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

began
ἤρξατο (ērxato)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 756: To begin. Middle voice of archo; to commence.

to be in need.
ὑστερεῖσθαι (hystereisthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 5302: From husteros; to be later, i.e. to be inferior; generally, to fall short.


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