the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
Morrish Bible Dictionary
One of God's 'four sore judgements' which He in past times brought upon the earth, and which He has foretold will again be sent as a punishment. The most severe famines recorded in scripture are the two of seven years' duration, one in the time of Joseph, and the other in the days of Elisha. Genesis 41:27-57; 2 Kings 8:1,2 : cf. Ezekiel 14:21; Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11; Revelation 18:8 . In speaking of the tribulations that will come upon Israel before the remnant of them are brought into blessing, Amos prophesies that there will be a famine of the 'words of Jehovah.' When judgements are falling on them, they will seek for some word from God for guidance and comfort; but will not find it: God will for a time leave them in darkness and perplexity. Amos 8:11,12 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Famine'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​f/famine.html. 1897.