The siege and famine in Samaria (2 Kings 6:24-6:25)

“Some time later, King Ben-hadad of Aram mustered his entire army. He marched against Samaria. He laid siege to Samaria. As the siege continued, famine in Samaria became so great that a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver and one-fourth of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver.”

Well, I guess that this truce did not last long. A donkey’s head must have been quite a treat since it would be worth about $400.00.00 USA. A kab is about 2 quarts of dung or worth about $25.00.00 USA. The famine set in place inflationary prices. This is interesting but I am not sure who was buying and eating these so-called delicacies. This was a tough famine.

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