2 Raja-raja 6:24--7:2Konteks
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
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 13 The king 14 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 15 Elisha 16 said to the leaders, 17 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 18 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 19 6:33 He was still talking to them when 20 the messenger approached 21 and said, “Look, the Lord is responsible for this disaster! 22 Why should I continue to wait for the Lord to help?” 7:1 Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord says, ‘About this time tomorrow a seah 23 of finely milled flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.’” 7:2 An officer who was the king’s right-hand man 24 responded to the prophet, 25 “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 26 Elisha 27 said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 28
[6:25] 7 tn The consonantal text (Kethib) reads, “dove dung” (חֲרֵייוֹנִים, khareyonim), while the marginal reading (Qere) has “discharge” (דִּבְיוֹנִים, divyonim). Based on evidence from Akkadian, M. Cogan and H. Tadmor (II Kings [AB], 79) suggest that “dove’s dung” was a popular name for the inedible husks of seeds.
[7:2] 26 tn Heb “the