2 Kings 6:19-29 NIV

19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”

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22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.”

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23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.

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Famine in Besieged Samaria

24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria.

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25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekelsa of silver, and a quarter of a cabb of seed podsc for five shekels.d

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    • i 6:25 - That is, about 2 pounds or about 920 grams
    • j 6:25 - That is, probably about 1/4 pound or about 100 grams
    • k 6:25 - Or "of doves’ dung"
    • l 6:25 - That is, about 2 ounces or about 58 grams
      26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!”
      27 The king replied, “If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?”
      28 Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’
      29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”

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