Psalm 105:16
New International Version
He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;

New Living Translation
He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply.

English Standard Version
When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread,

Berean Study Bible
He called down famine on the land and cut off all their supplies of food.

King James Bible
Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

New King James Version
Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread.

New American Standard Bible
And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.

NASB 1995
And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.

NASB 1977
And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.

Amplified Bible
And He called for a famine upon the land [of Egypt]; He cut off every source of bread.

Christian Standard Bible
He called down famine against the land and destroyed the entire food supply.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He called down famine against the land and destroyed the entire food supply.

American Standard Version
And he called for a famine upon the land; He brake the whole staff of bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he called a famine upon the land and he broke all the stalks of their grain.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Moreover he called for a famine upon the land; he broke the whole support of bread.

Contemporary English Version
God kept crops from growing until food was scarce everywhere in the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he called a famine upon the land: and he broke in pieces all the support of bread.

English Revised Version
And he called for a famine upon the land; he brake the whole staff of bread.

Good News Translation
The LORD sent famine to their country and took away all their food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He brought famine to the land. He took away their food supply.

International Standard Version
He declared a famine on the land; destroying the entire food supply.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He called a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.

Literal Standard Version
And He calls a famine on the land, "" He has broken the whole staff of bread.

NET Bible
He called down a famine upon the earth; he cut off all the food supply.

New Heart English Bible
He called for a famine on the land. He destroyed the food supplies.

World English Bible
He called for a famine on the land. He destroyed the food supplies.

Young's Literal Translation
And He calleth a famine on the land, The whole staff of bread He hath broken.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Tell of His Wonders
15“Do not touch My anointed ones! Do no harm to My prophets!” 16He called down famine on the land and cut off all their supplies of food. 17He sent a man before them—Joseph, sold as a slave.…

Cross References
Genesis 41:30
but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will devastate the land.

Genesis 41:54
the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. And although there was famine in every country, there was food throughout the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 26:26
When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will bake your bread in a single oven and dole out your bread by weight, so that you will eat but not be satisfied.

2 Kings 8:1
Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, "Arise, you and your household; go and live as a foreigner wherever you can. For the LORD has decreed a seven-year famine, and it has already come to the land."

Isaiah 3:1
For behold, the Lord GOD of Hosts is about to remove from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: the whole supply of food and water,

Ezekiel 4:16
Then He told me, "Son of man, I am going to cut off the supply of food in Jerusalem. They will anxiously eat bread rationed by weight, and in despair they will drink water by measure.


Treasury of Scripture

Moreover he called for a famine on the land: he broke the whole staff of bread.

moreover

Genesis 41:25-32,34
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do…

Genesis 42:5,6
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan…

2 Kings 8:1
Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

brake

Psalm 104:15
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

Genesis 47:13,19
And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine…

Leviticus 26:26
And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.









(16) Called for a famine.--Comp. 2Kings 8:1; and in Ezekiel 14 we see how famine, with war and pestilence and noisome beasts, were regarded as Divine emissaries to be summoned and sent on His missions.

Staff of bread.--Leviticus 26:26. (See, too, Note on Psalm 104:15.)

Verse 16. - Moreover he called for a famine upon the land. To "call for a famine" is the same thing as to create a famine. What God "calls for" immediately exists (see Genesis 1:3). "The land" intended is the land of Canaan. He brake the whole staff of bread (comp. Leviticus 26:26; Isaiah lit. 1). Bread is called a "staff," as the great support of life. (For the severity of the famine in Canaan, see Genesis 41:1; Genesis 42:5; Genesis 43:1.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He called down
וַיִּקְרָ֣א (way·yiq·rā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

famine
רָ֭עָב (rā·‘āḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7458: Famine, hunger

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the land
הָאָ֑רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

and cut off
שָׁבָֽר׃ (šā·ḇār)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7665: To break, break in pieces

all
כָּֽל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

their supplies
מַטֵּה־ (maṭ·ṭêh-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

of food.
לֶ֥חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain


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