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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
On two occasions it is said of our Lord that He hungered (Matthew 21:18; Luke 4:2 ); 9 times the old English expression "an hungred" is used, the "an" being a prefix which indicates that the condition is being continued (Matthew 12:1 , Matthew 12:3; Matthew 25:35 , Matthew 25:37 , Matthew 25:42 , Matthew 25:44; Mark 2:25; Luke 6:3 the King James Version). In Matthew 4:2 the King James Version, "an hungred" has been changed to "hungered" in the Revised Version (British and American). "Hard bestead and hungry" in Isaiah 8:21 means bested (that is, placed) in a condition of hardship, "sore distressed," the American Standard Revised Version. The word occurs in Spenser, "Thus ill bestedd and fearful more of shame" (I, i, 24). The reference of the aggravation of the sensation of hunger when one who is starving awakes from a dream of food ( Isaiah 29:8 ) is graphically illustrated by the experience of the antarctic voyager (Shackleton, Heart of the Antarctic , II, 9).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Hunger'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/h/hunger.html. 1915.