2 Kings 6:25

Overview - 2 Kings 6
Elisha, giving leave to the young prophets to enlarge their dwellings, causes iron to swim.
He discloses the king of Syria's counsel.
13 The army which was sent to Dothan to apprehend Elisha, is smitten with blindness.
19 Being brought into Samaria, they are dismissed in peace.
24 The famine in Samaria causes women to eat their own children.
30 The king sends to slay Elisha.
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2 Kings 6:25  (King James Version)
And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.

a great famine
2 Kings 6:28 2 Kings 6:29 ; 7:4 25:3 1 Kings 18:2 ; Jeremiah 14:13-15 Jeremiah 14:18 ; 32:24 52:6

an ass's head
If the pieces of silver were {drachms,} the whole would amount to about 2
9s.; which was a great price for so mean a part of this unclean animal.
Ezekiel 4:13-16

dove's dung
This probably denotes, as Bochart, Scheuchzer, and others suppose, a kind of {pulse,} or {vetches,} which the Arabs still call pigeon's dung
"They never," says Dr. Shaw, (Travels, p. 140), "constitute a dish by themselves, but are
strewed singly as a garnish over {cuscasowe, pillowe,} and other dishes. They are besides in the greatest repute after they are parched in pans and ovens; then assuming the name {leblebby;}" and he thinks they were so called from being
pointed at one end, and acquiring an ash colour in parching.