A prolonged scarcity of food, accompanied by extreme hunger. It is sometimes viewed as an instance of divine judgment (Deut 28:48
) and in Revelation is symbolized by the third horseman of the Apocalypse (Rev 6:5-8
). In Gen 41
, Joseph interprets the Pharaoh’s dream to predict a famine. Other periods of severe famine are recorded during the days of Abraham (Gen 12:10
), Isaac (Gen 26:1
), Elisha (1Kgs 7
; 1Kgs 8:16
), and Zedekiah after the siege of Jerusalem (2Kgs 25:3
; Lam 5:10
). Philistia was threatened with famine in an oracle from Isaiah (Isa 14:30
). Famine may lead to disease (Jer 14:18
) and cannibalism (Deut 28:47-57
). (Acts 11:27-30
) reports a famine at the time of the Roman emperor Claudius. The prophet Amos speaks of a famine not of bread, but “of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:1
). Paul affirms that famine will not be able to separate believers from the love of God in Christ (Rom 8:35-38
48therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and lack of everything. He will put an iron yok ... View more
5When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, “Come!” I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a pair of scales in hi ... View more
Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream
1After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,2and there came up out of the Nile seven sleek and fa ... View more
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land.
Isaac and Abimelech
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Ab ... View more
Solomon's Palace and Other Buildings
1Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.2He built the House of the Forest of t ... View more
16‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city from any of the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name ... View more
3On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine became so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
10Our skin is black as an oven
from the scorching heat of famine.
30The firstborn of the poor will graze,
and the needy lie down in safety;
but I will make your root die of famine,
and your remnant I will kill.
18If I go out into the field,
look—those killed by the sword!
And if I enter the city,
look—those sick with famine!
For both prophet and priest ply their trade ... View more
47Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and with gladness of heart for the abundance of everything,48therefore you shall serve your enemies whom ... View more
27At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine ... View more
The Basket of Fruit
1This is what the Lord GOD showed me—a basket of summer fruit.
35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36As it is written,
“For ... View more