Bible: 2 Kings 6:24-31

The Lord Saves Samaria

6:24 Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked 1  and besieged Samaria. 2  6:25 Samaria’s food supply ran out. 3  They laid siege to it so long that 4  a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 5  and a quarter of a kab 6  of dove’s droppings 7  for five shekels of silver. 8 

6:26 While the king of Israel was passing by on the city wall, a woman shouted to him, “Help us, my master, O king! 6:27 He replied, “No, let the Lord help you. How can I help you? The threshing floor and winepress are empty.” 9  6:28 Then the king asked her, “What’s your problem?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Hand over your son; we’ll eat him today and then eat my son tomorrow.’ 6:29 So we boiled my son and ate him. Then I said to her the next day, ‘Hand over your son and we’ll eat him.’ But she hid her son! 6:30 When the king heard what the woman said, he tore his clothes. As he was passing by on the wall, the people could see he was wearing sackcloth under his clothes. 10  6:31 Then he said, “May God judge me severely 11  if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head by the end of the day! 12 

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