Famine
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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Famine

In the whole of Syria and Arabia, the fruits of the earth must ever be dependent on rain; the watersheds having few large springs, and the small rivers not being sufficient for the irrigation of even the level lands. If therefore the heavy rains of November and December fail, the sustenance of the people is cut off in the parching drought of harvest-time, when the country is almost devoid of moisture. Egypt, again, owes all its fertility to its mighty river, whose annual rise inundates nearly the whole land. The causes of dearth and famine in Egypt are defective inundation, preceded, accompanied and followed by prevalent easterly and southerly winds. Famine is likewise a natural result in the East when caterpillars, locusts or other insects destroy the products of the earth. The first famine recorded in the Bible is that of Abraham after he had pitched his tent on the east of Bethel, (Genesis 12:10) the second in the days of Isaac, (Genesis 26:1) seq. We hear no more of times of scarcity until the great famine of Egypt, which "was over all the face of the earth." (Genesis 41:53-57) The modern history of Egypt throws some curious light on these ancient records of famines; and instances of their recurrence may be cited to assist us in understanding their course and extent. The most remarkable famine was that of the reign of the Fatimee Khaleefeh, El-Mustansir billah, which is the only instance on record of one of seven years duration in Egypt since the time of Joseph (A.H. 457-464, A.D. 1064-1071). Vehement drought and pestilence continued for seven consecutive years, so that the people ate corpses, and animals that died of themselves. The famine of Samaria resembled it in many particulars; and that very briefly recorded in (2 Kings 8:1,2) affords another instance of one of seven years. In Arabia famines are of frequent occurrence.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Famine

Scripture records several famines in Palestine, and the neighboring countries, Genesis 12:10 26:1 Ru 1:1 2Ki 6:25 Acts 11:27. The most remarkable one was that of seven years in Egypt, while Joseph was governor, Genesis 41:1-57. It was distinguished for its duration, extent, and severity; particularly as Egypt is one of the countries least subject to such a calamity, by reason of its general fertility. Famine is sometimes a natural effect, as when the Nile does not overflow in Egypt, or rains do not fall in Judea, at the customary season; or when caterpillars, locusts, or other insects, destroy the fruits. But all natural causes are under the control of God; and he often so directs them as to chastise the rebellious with want, 2 Kings 8:1-2 Ezekiel 6:1 Matthew 24:7. The worst famine is a spiritual one, Am 8:11.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
The first mentioned in Scripture was so grievous as to compel Abraham to go down to the land of Egypt (Genesis 26:1). Another is mentioned as having occurred in the days of Isaac, causing him to go to Gerar (Genesis 26:1, 17). But the most remarkable of all was that which arose in Egypt in the days of Joseph, which lasted for seven years (Genesis 41-45).

Famines were sent as an effect of God's anger against a guilty people (2 Kings 8:1, 2; Amos 8:11; Deuteronomy 28:22-42; 2 Samuel 21:1; 2 Kings 6:25-28; 25:3; Jeremiah 14:15; 19:9; 42:17, etc.). A famine was predicted by Agabus (Acts 11:28). Josephus makes mention of the famine which occurred A.D. 45. Helena, queen of Adiabene, being at Jerusalem at that time, procured corn from Alexandria and figs from Cyprus for its poor inhabitants.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FAMINE

fam'-in (ra`abh; limos):

1. Natural Causes

2. Famines Mentioned

3. Divine Relations

4. Figurative Uses

The common Old Testament word for "famine" is ra`abh; re`abhon also occurs (Genesis 42:19, 33 Psalm 37:19), and kaphan (Job 5:22; Job 30:3), all meaning "hunger" and "famine"; in the New Testament the word is limos, meaning primarily "failure," "want of food."

1. Natural Causes:

In early times, especially in lands dependent on their own productions, famines were not infrequent. They were generally caused by local irregularities of the rainfall, by destructive hail storms (Exodus 9:23, 11, 32), by ravages of insects (Exodus 10:15 Joel 1:4) and by enemies (Deuteronomy 28:51); in a city a famine might be caused by a siege (2 Kings 6:25); pestilence often followed in its wake, and the suffering was great.

2. Famines Mentioned:

Famines are recorded in the time of Abraham (Genesis 12:10, etc.), of Isaac (Genesis 26:1), of Jacob, when Joseph was in Egypt-seven years of famine even in Egypt after seven of plenty (Genesis 41:54), which also affected Canaan (Genesis 42:1), and, indeed, "was over all the face of the earth" (Genesis 41:56); in the time of the Judges (Ruth 1:1), of David, for three years (2 Samuel 21:1), of Ahab and Elijah (1 Kings 17:1; 1 Kings 18:2; Ecclesiasticus 48:2, 3), of Elisha (2 Kings 4:38), during the siege of Samaria (2 Kings 6:25), the seven years foretold by Elisha (2 Kings 8:1), in the reign of Zedekiah in Jerusalem when besieged by Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:3 Jeremiah 52:6; compare 14:1), its great severity is referred to (Lamentations 5:10; Baruch 2:25); a "dearth" is also mentioned after the return from Captivity (Nehemiah 5:3); when the city was besieged by Antiochus Eupator (1 Maccabees 6:54), after the death of Judas (1 Maccabees 9:24), when Jerusalem was besieged by Simon (1 Maccabees 13:49), in the time of Claudius (Acts 11:28, in his reign there were frequent famines, one of which in 45 A.D. severely affected Palestine; Josephus, Ant, XX, v); Christ predicted "famines. in divers places" as characterizing the end of the age (Matthew 24:7 Mark 13:8 Luke 21:11); in the siege of Jerusalem by Titus a terrible famine raged, the consequences of which to the people have never been surpassed.

3. Divine Relations:

Famines are frequently said to be sent as punishments sometimes threatened as such (Leviticus 26:19 Deuteronomy 28:49-51 2 Kings 8:1 Psalm 105:16 Isaiah 14:30; Isaiah 51:19 Jeremiah 14:12, 15; Jeremiah 18:21, etc.; Ezekiel 5:16, etc.; Amos 8:11; 2 Esdras 15:5, 49; 16:19; Tobit 4:13; Ecclesiasticus 39:29; 40:9).

The righteous or godly should be preserved by God in time of famine (Job 5:20, "In famine he will redeem thee from death"; Psalm 33:19, "to keep them alive in famine"; 37:19, "In the days of famine they shall be satisfied"); this was a special mark of the Divine favor and power.

4. Figurative Uses:

A famine is used by Amos to indicate the absence of Divine communications as a punishment that should come on the people, a "famine. of hearing the words of Yahweh" (8:11; compare 1 Samuel 3:1; 1 Samuel 28:6 2 Chronicles 15:3; Ezekiel 7:26 Micah 3:6); by Zephaniah of the destruction of heathen deities (2:11).

The Revised Version (British and American) has "dearth" for "famine" (Job 5:22); "famine" for "dearth" (Genesis 41:54 2 Chronicles 6:28 Acts 7:11; Acts 11:28); for "hunger" (Jeremiah 38:9 Ezekiel 34:29 Revelation 6:8); "famines" for "famines and pestilences" (Matthew 24:7), "famines and troubles" (Mark 13:8), revised texts.

W. L. Walker

Greek
3042. limos -- hunger, famine
... hunger, famine. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: limos Phonetic
Spelling: (lee-mos') Short Definition: a famine, hunger Definition: a famine ...
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Strong's Hebrew
7459. reabon -- hunger, lack of food, famine
... 7458, 7459. reabon. 7460 . hunger, lack of food, famine. Transliteration: reabon
Phonetic Spelling: (reh-aw-bone') Short Definition: famine. ...
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7458. raab -- famine, hunger
... 7457, 7458. raab. 7459 . famine, hunger. Transliteration: raab Phonetic
Spelling: (raw-awb') Short Definition: famine. Word Origin ...
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3720. kaphan -- hunger, famine
... 3719, 3720. kaphan. 3721 . hunger, famine. Transliteration: kaphan Phonetic
Spelling: (kaw-fawn') Short Definition: famine. Word ...
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2152. zalaphah -- raging heat
... horrible, horror, terrible. Or ziliaphaph {zil-aw-faw'}; from za'aph; a glow (of
wind or anger); also a famine (as consuming) -- horrible, horror, terrible. ...
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Library

That when There was a Famine in Canaan, Abram Went Thence into ...
... CHAPTER 8. That When There Was A Famine In Canaan, Abram Went Thence Into Egypt;
And After He Had Continued There A While He Returned Back Again. ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 8 that when there.htm

A Famine of the Word.
... II. ORDINANCES. Hymn 49 A famine of the word. John Newton 8,6,8,6. A famine
of the word. Gladness was spread through Israel's host. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/newton/olney hymns/hymn 49 a famine of.htm

The Famine which Took Place in the Reign of Claudius.
... Book II. Chapter VIII."The Famine which took Place in the Reign of Claudius.
1. Caius had held the power not quite four years, [325 ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter viii the famine which took.htm

Concerning the Famine that Happened in Judea and Syria; and How ...
... CHAPTER 9. Concerning The Famine That Happened In Judea And Syria; And How Herod,
After He Had Married Another Wife, Rebuilt Cesarea, And Other Grecian Cities. ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 9 concerning the famine.htm

The Famine which Oppressed Them.
... Book III. Chapter VI."The Famine which oppressed them. ... 7. Of all evils, indeed, famine
is the worst, and it destroys nothing so effectively as shame. ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter vi the famine which oppressed.htm

The Misfortunes which Happened in Connection with These Things, in ...
... Book IX. Chapter VIII."The Misfortunes which happened in Connection with
these Things, in Famine, Pestilence, and War. 1. The ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/chapter viii the misfortunes which happened.htm

Titus Thought Fit to Encompass the City Round with a Wall; after ...
... CHAPTER 12. Titus Thought Fit To Encompass The City Round With A Wall; After Which
The Famine Consumed The People By Whole Houses And Families Together. ...
/.../chapter 12 titus thought fit.htm

Concerning a Stratagem that was Devised by the Jews, by which they ...
... 3. Concerning A Stratagem That Was Devised By The Jews, By Which They Burnt Many
Of The Romans; With Another Description Of The Terrible Famine That Was In The ...
/.../chapter 3 concerning a stratagem.htm

Strangers must Never be Expelled the City in a Time of Famine. ...
... Book III. Chapter VII. Strangers must never be expelled the city in a time of famine.�
Strangers must never be expelled the city in a time of famine. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter vii strangers must never.htm

In the Mean Time, Affairs Having Been Well Settled in Egypt to ...
... The Sacred History Of Sulpitius Severus. Book I. Chapter XII. In the mean time,
affairs having been well settled in Egypt to meet the famine...
/.../severus/life and writings of sulpitius severus /chapter xii in the mean.htm

Thesaurus
Famine (99 Occurrences)
... A famine was predicted by Agabus (Acts 11:28). Josephus makes mention of the famine
which occurred AD 45. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. FAMINE. ...
/f/famine.htm - 49k

Severe (53 Occurrences)
... that there was many a widow in Israel in the time of Elijah, when there was no rain
for three years and six months and there came a severe famine over all the ...
/s/severe.htm - 23k

Pestilence (57 Occurrences)
... The word is most frequently used in the prophetic books, and it occurs 25 times
in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, always associated with the sword and famine. ...
/p/pestilence.htm - 31k

Reside (17 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 42:17 So shall it be with all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt
to sojourn there: they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the ...
/r/reside.htm - 12k

Agabus (2 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary A "prophet," probably one of the seventy disciples of
Christ. He prophesied at Antioch of an approaching famine (Acts 11:27, 28). ...
/a/agabus.htm - 9k

Sojourn (51 Occurrences)
... Genesis 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt
to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. ...
/s/sojourn.htm - 24k

Grievous (73 Occurrences)
... grev'-us-nes: In addition to several of the words mentioned under GRIEF (which see),
we have kabhedh ("heavy") 8 t, eg Genesis 12:10, "The famine was grievous ...
/g/grievous.htm - 31k

Dearth (11 Occurrences)
... In the days of Abram there was a "famine in the land" (Genesis 12:10), so also in
the days of Jacob (47:4, 13). ... durth. See FAMINE. Multi-Version Concordance ...
/d/dearth.htm - 11k

Plenty (43 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV). Genesis 41:30 There will arise after them seven years
of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. ...
/p/plenty.htm - 18k

Occurred (23 Occurrences)
... (See NAS). Luke 15:14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine
in that country, and he began to be in need. (See NAS). ...
/o/occurred.htm - 12k

Concordance
Famine (99 Occurrences)

Luke 4:25
But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 15:14
When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 15:17
And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and I perish here by famine.
(DBY)

Acts 7:11
Now a famine came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction. Our fathers found no food.
(WEB WEY ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 11:28
One of them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there should be a great famine all over the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius.
(WEB WEY ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Revelation 6:8
And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. Hades followed with him. Authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth was given to him.
(WEB WEY ASV NAS RSV NIV)

Revelation 18:8
Therefore in one day her plagues will come: death, mourning, and famine; and she will be utterly burned with fire; for the Lord God who has judged her is strong.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 12:10
There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 26:1
There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, to Gerar.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:27
The seven thin and ugly cattle that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty heads of grain blasted with the east wind; they will be seven years of famine.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:30
There will arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:31
and the plenty will not be known in the land by reason of that famine which follows; for it will be very grievous.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:36
The food will be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine, which will be in the land of Egypt; that the land not perish through the famine."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:50
To Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:54
The seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
(WEB JPS ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:55
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians: 'Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.'
(See NIV)

Genesis 41:56
The famine was over all the surface of the earth. Joseph opened all the store houses, and sold to the Egyptians. The famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 41:57
All countries came into Egypt, to Joseph, to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 42:5
The sons of Israel came to buy among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 42:19
If you are honest men, then let one of your brothers be bound in your prison; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Genesis 42:33
The man, the lord of the land, said to us,'By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your houses, and go your way.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Genesis 43:1
The famine was severe in the land.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 45:6
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 45:11
There I will nourish you; for there are yet five years of famine; lest you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have."'
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 47:4
They said to Pharaoh, "We have come to live as foreigners in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks. For the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 47:13
There was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 47:20
So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine was severe on them, and the land became Pharaoh's.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 32:24
Exhausted by famine, And consumed by heat, and bitter destruction. And the teeth of beasts I send upon them, With poison of fearful things of the dust.
(YLT NAS NIV)

Ruth 1:1
It happened in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. A certain man of Bethlehem Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 21:1
There was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David sought the face of Yahweh. Yahweh said, "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he put to death the Gibeonites."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 24:13
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, "Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now answer, and consider what answer I shall return to him who sent me."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 8:37
"If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight, mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 18:2
Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 4:38
Elisha came again to Gilgal. There was a famine in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, "Set on the great pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets."
(WEB DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 6:25
There was a great famine in Samaria. Behold, they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for eighty pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 7:4
If we say,'We will enter into the city,' then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. If we sit still here, we also die. Now therefore come, and let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they save us alive, we will live; and if they kill us, we will only die."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 8:1
Now Elisha had spoken to the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise, and go, you and your household, and stay for a while wherever you can; for Yahweh has called for a famine. It shall also come on the land seven years."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 25:3
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.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Chronicles 21:12
either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you; or else three days the sword of Yahweh, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Yahweh destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to him who sent me.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Chronicles 6:28
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there be;
(WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Chronicles 20:9
If evil come on us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before you, (for your name is in this house), and cry to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Chronicles 32:11
Doesn't Hezekiah persuade you, to give you over to die by famine and by thirst, saying, Yahweh our God will deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Nehemiah 5:3
And there are who are saying, 'Our fields, and our vineyards, and our houses, we are pledging, and we receive corn for the famine.'
(YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Job 5:20
In famine he will redeem you from death; in war, from the power of the sword.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Job 5:22
At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth.
(WEB KJV JPS DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Job 30:3
They are gaunt from lack and famine. They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS)

Psalms 33:19
to deliver their soul from death, to keep them alive in famine.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 37:19
They shall not be disappointed in the time of evil. In the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 105:16
He called for a famine on the land. He destroyed the food supplies.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 5:13
Therefore my people are led away captive from lack of knowledge, and their nobility die of famine, and their multitude are parched with thirst.
(DBY)

Isaiah 14:30
The firstborn of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant will be killed.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 51:19
These two things have happened to you. Who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; how shall I comfort you?
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 5:12
They have denied Yahweh, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come on us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 11:22
therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 14:12
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and meal offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 14:13
Then said I, Ah, Lord Yahweh! behold, the prophets tell them, You shall not see the sword, neither shall you have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 14:15
Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, and I didn't send them, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 14:16
The people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them-them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness on them.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 14:18
If I go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then, behold, those who are sick with famine! for both the prophet and the priest go about in the land, and have no knowledge.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 15:2
It shall happen, when they tell you, Where shall we go forth? Then you shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh: Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Jeremiah 16:4
They shall die grievous deaths: they shall not be lamented, neither shall they be buried; they shall be as dung on the surface of the ground; and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the sky, and for the animals of the earth.
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Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and give them over to the power of the sword; and let their wives become childless, and widows; and let their men be slain of death, and their young men struck of the sword in battle.
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Jeremiah 21:7
Afterward, says Yahweh, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, even such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life: and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
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Jeremiah 21:9
He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes out, and passes over to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey.
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Jeremiah 24:10
I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, until they be consumed from off the land that I gave to them and to their fathers.
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Jeremiah 27:8
It shall happen, that the nation and the kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, says Yahweh, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
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Jeremiah 27:13
Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as Yahweh has spoken concerning the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
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Jeremiah 28:8
The prophets who have been before me and before you of old prophesied against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 29:17
thus says Yahweh of Armies; Behold, I will send on them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that can't be eaten, they are so bad.
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Jeremiah 29:18
I will pursue after them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth, to be an object of horror, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations where I have driven them;
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Jeremiah 32:24
Behold, the mounds, they are come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what you have spoken has happened; and behold, you see it.
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Jeremiah 32:36
Now therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, concerning this city, about which you say, It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence:
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Jeremiah 34:17
Therefore thus says Yahweh: you have not listened to me, to proclaim liberty, every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbor: behold, I proclaim to you a liberty, says Yahweh, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth.
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Jeremiah 38:2
Thus says Yahweh, He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey, and he shall live.
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Jeremiah 38:9
My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is likely to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city.
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Jeremiah 42:16
then it shall happen, that the sword, which you fear, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the famine, about which you are afraid, shall follow close behind you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.
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Jeremiah 42:17
So shall it be with all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there: they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring on them.
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Jeremiah 42:22
Now therefore know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place where you desire to go to sojourn there.
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Jeremiah 44:12
I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed; in the land of Egypt shall they fall; they shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine; they shall die, from the least even to the greatest, by the sword and by the famine; and they shall be an object of horror, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
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Jeremiah 44:13
For I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence;
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Jeremiah 44:18
But since we left off burning incense to the queen of the sky, and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
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Jeremiah 44:27
Behold, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
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Jeremiah 52:6
In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
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Lamentations 4:9
Better have been the pierced of a sword Than the pierced of famine, For these flow away, pierced through, Without the increase of the field.
(YLT NIV)

Lamentations 5:10
Our skin is black like an oven, Because of the burning heat of famine.
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Ezekiel 5:12
A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you; and a third part shall fall by the sword around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds, and will draw out a sword after them.
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Ezekiel 5:16
when I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, that are for destruction, which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine on you, and will break your staff of bread;
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Ezekiel 5:17
and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they shall bereave you; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword on you: I, Yahweh, have spoken it.
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Ezekiel 6:11
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Strike with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, Alas! because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
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Ezekiel 6:12
He who is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he who is near shall fall by the sword; and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my wrath on them.
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Ezekiel 7:15
The sword is outside, and the pestilence and the famine within: he who is in the field shall die with the sword: and he who is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
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Ezekiel 12:16
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they come; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.
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Ezekiel 14:13
Son of man, when a land sins against me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out my hand on it, and break the staff of its bread, and send famine on it, and cut off from it man and animal;
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Ezekiel 14:21
For thus says the Lord Yahweh: How much more when I send my four sore judgments on Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the evil animals, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and animal!
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Ezekiel 34:29
I will raise up to them a plantation for renown, and they shall be no more consumed with famine in the land, neither bear the shame of the nations any more.
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Ezekiel 36:29
I will save you from all your uncleanness: and I will call for the grain, and will multiply it, and lay no famine on you.
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Ezekiel 36:30
I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that you may receive no more the reproach of famine among the nations.
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Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come," says the Lord Yahweh, "that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh.
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Subtopics

Famine

Famine in Canaan

Famine in Egypt

Famine in Jerusalem, from Siege

Famine: A Dearth of the Means of Grace

Famine: Cannibalism In

Famine: Caused by Blasting and Mildew

Famine: Caused by Devastation by Enemies

Famine: Caused by God's Blessing Withheld

Famine: Caused by Rotting of the Seed in the Ground

Famine: Caused by Swarms of Insects

Famine: Caused by Want of Seasonable Rain

Famine: Caused: Blackness of the Skin

Famine: Caused: Burning and Fever

Famine: Caused: Death

Famine: Caused: Faintness

Famine: Caused: Grief and Mourning

Famine: Caused: Wasting of the Body

Famine: Described

Famine: Destruction of Idols

Famine: Expressed by Cleanness of Teeth

Famine: Expressed by Taking Away the Stay of Bread

Famine: Expressed by The Arrows of Famine

Famine: Figurative

Famine: God Provided for his People During

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Day of the Judges

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Days of Abraham

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Days of Isaac

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Days of Joseph

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Reign of Ahab

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Reign of Claudius Caesar

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Reign of David

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Time of Elisha

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture in the Time of Jeremiah

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture of Seven Years Foretold by Elisha

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture: After the Captivity

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture: Before Destruction of Jerusalem

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture: During the Siege of Jerusalem

Famine: Instances of, in Scripture: During the Siege of Samaria

Famine: Often Accompanied by War

Famine: Often Followed by Pestilence

Famine: Often Long Continued

Famine: Often on Account of Sin

Famine: Often Severe

Famine: One of God's Four Sore Judgments

Famine: Pharaoh Forewarned of, in Dreams

Famine: Provisions Sold by Weight During

Famine: Righteous Delivered From

Famine: Sent As a Judgment

Famine: Sent by God

Famine: Suffering of Brute Creation From

Famine: The Jews in Their Restored State not to be Afflicted By

Famine: Things Eaten During: Donkey's Flesh

Famine: Things Eaten During: Dung

Famine: Things Eaten During: Human Flesh

Famine: Things Eaten During: Wild Herbs

Famine: Universal

Related Terms

Severe (53 Occurrences)

Pestilence (57 Occurrences)

Reside (17 Occurrences)

Agabus (2 Occurrences)

Sojourn (51 Occurrences)

Grievous (73 Occurrences)

Dearth (11 Occurrences)

Plenty (43 Occurrences)

Occurred (23 Occurrences)

Lands (226 Occurrences)

Rizpah (4 Occurrences)

Exhausted (26 Occurrences)

Execration (9 Occurrences)

Egyptians (108 Occurrences)

Distressing (8 Occurrences)

Besiege (17 Occurrences)

Abundance (194 Occurrences)

Store (134 Occurrences)

Horror (51 Occurrences)

Deadly (31 Occurrences)

Throughout (291 Occurrences)

Babylonians (48 Occurrences)

Sore (156 Occurrences)

Astonishment (51 Occurrences)

Abimelech (63 Occurrences)

Prevailed (46 Occurrences)

Prophesying (58 Occurrences)

Chalde'ans (74 Occurrences)

Prophesy (96 Occurrences)

Victims (12 Occurrences)

Openeth (48 Occurrences)

Occur (13 Occurrences)

Languished (10 Occurrences)

Grasshopper (12 Occurrences)

Gerar (10 Occurrences)

Grasshoppers (11 Occurrences)

Waxed (57 Occurrences)

Imprecation (2 Occurrences)

Intensify (1 Occurrence)

Impoverished (4 Occurrences)

Famish (2 Occurrences)

Forgotten (69 Occurrences)

Fainted (12 Occurrences)

Foreigner (99 Occurrences)

Tossed (19 Occurrences)

Ravage (9 Occurrences)

Reserve (15 Occurrences)

Ruth (19 Occurrences)

Ruined (65 Occurrences)

Earlier (48 Occurrences)

Destructive (14 Occurrences)

Dove's (1 Occurrence)

Previous (5 Occurrences)

Provision (50 Occurrences)

Befall (25 Occurrences)

Bereaved (20 Occurrences)

Blight (5 Occurrences)

Caterpillar (6 Occurrences)

Abhorrent (9 Occurrences)

Abim'elech (58 Occurrences)

Advise (10 Occurrences)

Arisen (24 Occurrences)

Abram (48 Occurrences)

Starving (5 Occurrences)

Store-houses (32 Occurrences)

Selleth (17 Occurrences)

Starve (3 Occurrences)

Survive (20 Occurrences)

Starvation (1 Occurrence)

Storehouses (23 Occurrences)

Childless (25 Occurrences)

Adding (20 Occurrences)

Grievously (17 Occurrences)

Stays (21 Occurrences)

Destined (25 Occurrences)

Months (65 Occurrences)

Thirst (40 Occurrences)

Consuming (26 Occurrences)

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