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2 Kings 6:25-29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

25 So there was a great famine in Samaria, and they continued the siege against it until a donkey’s head sold for 80 silver shekels,[a] and a cup[b] of dove’s dung[c] sold for five silver shekels.[d]

26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, “My lord the king, help!”

27 He answered, “If the Lord doesn’t help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor or the winepress?” 28 Then the king asked her, “What’s the matter?”

She said, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him today. Then we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29 So we boiled my son and ate him, and I said to her the next day, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him,’ but she has hidden her son.”


  1. 2 Kings 6:25 About 2 pounds of silver
  2. 2 Kings 6:25 Lit a fourth of a kab
  3. 2 Kings 6:25 Or seedpods, or wild onions
  4. 2 Kings 6:25 About 2 ounces of silver

Jeremiah 19:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and they will eat each other’s flesh in the siege and distress that their enemies, those who want to take their life, inflict on them.

Lamentations 2:20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

ר Resh

20 Lord, look and consider
who You have done this to.
Should women eat their own children,
the infants they have nurtured?[a]
Should priests and prophets
be killed in the Lord’s sanctuary?


  1. Lamentations 2:20 Or infants in a healthy condition; Hb obscure

Lamentations 4:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

י Yod

10 The hands of compassionate women
have cooked their own children;
they became their food
during the destruction of my dear people.

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