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Exod. ix, 31. And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

Josh. H, 6. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of fax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

Isa. xlii, 3. A bruised reed shail he not break, and the smoking fax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

Ezek. xi. 3. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

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shady trees in the covert of the Job xl, 21. He lieth under the reed, and fens.

Isa. xix, 6. And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags

Hos. ii, 5. For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shame- shall wither. fully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

Hos. ii, 9. Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.

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Ex. ix, 32. But the wheat and the rye were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

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come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.

Isa. xv, 6, 7. For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the faileth, there is no green thing. hay is withered away, the grass Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

1sa. xvii, 10, 11. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange Matt. xiii, 24-31. (See under slips: In the day shalt thou make Reaping and Harvest.)




1 Kings xviii, 5. And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

calved in the field, and forsook it, Jer. xiv, 5, 6. Yea, the hind also because there was no grass. And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.

Joel i, 18. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.


Deut. xxviii, 33, 34. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

Deut. xxviii, 38. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Isa. ill, 1. For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah

thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

Isa. li, 19. These two things are for thee? desolation, and destruccome unto thee; who shall be sorry tion, and the famine, and the Sword: by whom shall I comfort


Jer. xii, 13. They have sown shall not profit: and they shall be wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Ezek. xiv, 13. Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by tresspassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

Ezek. xxvi, 6. And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Hosea viil, 7. For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Hosea ix, 2. The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

Amos v, 16. Therefore the LORD the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets;

and they shall say in all the high-, ways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lament ation to wailing.

Amos viii, 11-14. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GoD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy God, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. Joel i, 10, 11. The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

Joel i, 17. The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

Micah vi, 15. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Zeph. ii, 11. The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will

famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

Rev. vi, 5, 6. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and

the wine.


Lev. xxvi, 26-29. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied. And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

Deut. xxxii, 24. They shall be

burnt with hunger and devoured, with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

man breaketh it unto them. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

2 Kings vi, 24, 26-29. And it Lam. iv. 7-10. Her Nazarites came to pass after this, that Ben- were purer than snow, they were hadad king of Syria gathered whiter than milk, they were more all his host, and went up, and ruddy in body than rubies, their besieged Samaria. And as the polishing was of sapphire: Their king of Israel was passing by up-visage is blacker than a coal; they on the wall, there cried a woman are not known in the streets: their unto him, saying, Help, my lord, skin cleaveth to their bones; it is O king. And he said, If the LORD withered, it is become like a stick. do not help thee, whence shall I They that be slain with the sword help thee? out of the barnfloor, are better than they that be slain or out of the winepress? And the with hunger: for these pine away, king said unto her, What aileth stricken through for want of the thee? And she answered, This fruits of the field. The hands of woman said unto me, Give thy the pitiful women have sodden son, that we may eat him to day, their own children: they were and we will eat my son to morrow. their meat in the destruction of So we boiled my son, and did cat the daughter of my people. him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

2 Kin. vil, 3, 4. And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

Ps. cv, 16. Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he

brake the whole staff of bread.

Lam. 1. 6. And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

Lam. 1, 11. All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.

with tears,my bowels are troubled, Lam.ii, 11, 12. Mine eyes do fail, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.

Lam. iv, 3-5. Even the sea monsters draw out the breast. they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no

Lam. v, 10. Our skin was black like an oven because of the ter

rible famine.

Ezek. iv, 16, 17. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold,

I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

Ezek. xii, 18, 19. Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness; And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord Gop of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.

gin girded with sackcloth for the Joel 1, 8, 9. Lament like a virhusband of her youth. The meat cut off from the house of the offering and the drink offering is LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

Joel i, 13-16, 19. 20. Come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the el

ders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? O LORD, to thee

Amos iv, 6. And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the



Gen. xii, 10. And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

will I cry: for the fire hath de- I Canaan fainted by reason of the voured the pastures of the wil- famine. And Joseph gathered derness, and the flame hath up all the money that was found burned all the trees of the field. in the land of Egypt, and in the The beasts of the field cry also land of Canaan, for the corn which unto thee: for the rivers of waters they bought: and Joseph brought are dried up, and the fire hath the money into Pharaoh's house. devoured the pastures of the wil- And when money failed in the derness. land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. And INSTANCES OF FAMINE. they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and the herds, and for the asses: and for the flocks, and for the cattle of he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year. When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate. And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.


Gen. xxvi. 1. And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.


Gen. xli, 28-32. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharach: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following, for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharoah twice; it is because the thing is estab lished by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Gen. xli, 53-56. And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. And the seven years of death began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

Gen. xlvii, 13-20. And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of

dearth over all the land of Egypt
Acts vil, 11. Now there came a
and Chanaan, and great affliction:
and our fathers found no susten-


in the days when the judges ruled,
Ruth i, 1. Now it came to pass

that there was a famine in the
land. And a certain man of Beth-
lehem-judah went to sojourn in
the country of Moab, he, and his
wife, and his two sons.


2 Sam. xxi, 1. Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.


Tishbite, who was of the inhabi-
1 Kings xvii, 1. "And Elijah the
tants of Gilead, said unto Ahab,
As the LORD God of Israel liveth,
before whom I stand, there shall
not be dew nor rain these years,
but according to my word.


again to Gilgal: and there was a 2 Kings iv, 38. And Elisha came dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.


great famine in Samaria: and, be-
2 Kings vi, 25. And there was a
hold, they besieged it, until an
ass's head was sold for fourscore
part of a cab of dove's dung for
pieces of silver, and the fourth
five pieces of silver.


2 Kings viii, 1. Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

Jer. xiv, 1. The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.


2 Kings xxv, 3. And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.


Neh. v, 3. Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.


Acts xi, 28. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signifled by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar.

1 Kings xvii, 2-7. And the word
of the LORD came unto him, say.
ing, Get thee hence, and turn thes
eastward, and hide thyself by the
brook Cherith, that is before Jor-
dan. And it shall be, that thou
shalt drink of the brook; and I
feed thee there. So he went and
have commanded the ravens to
did according unto the word of
the LORD: for he went and dwelt
by the brook Cherith, that is be-
fore Jordan. And the ravens
brought him bread and flesh in

the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

Job v, 20. In famine he shall re

deem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

Psalm xxxiii, 18, 19. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in

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he said, Behold, I have heard that
there is corn in Egypt: get you
down thither, and buy for us from
thence; that we may live, and not
die. And Joseph's ten brethren

went down to buy corn in Egypt.
But Benjamin, Joseph's brother,
Jacob sent not with his brethren:
for he said. Lest peradventure
mischief befall him. And the
sons of Israel came to buy corn
among those that came: for the

in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Josh. xvii, 17, 18. And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph,

cven to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only: But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a

his mercy; To deliver their soul famine was in the land of Canaan. and the outgoings of it shall be

from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm xxxvi, 19. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they

shall be satisfied.

Ezek. xxxvi, 29, 30. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses; and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

Joel il, 19. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen.



Gen. xli, 34-37. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

Gen.xli 48,49, 57. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering, for it was without number. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

Gen. xlii, 1-5. Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? And

Gen. xliii, 1-5. And the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying. Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

wood, and thou shalt cut it down: thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.

2 Sam. xvili, S. For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the woo devoured more people that day

than the sword devoured.

Job xxx, 7. Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

Job xxxviii, 27. To satisfy the desolate and waste ground.

Psalm cxxxii, 6. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

lambs feed after their manner, and Isaiah v, 17. Then shall the the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

Gen. xliv, 25, 26. And our father said, Go again and buy us a little food. And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us. Prov. xi, 26. He that withhold-her waste places; and he will make eth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Acts xii, 20. And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.

Isaiah 11, 3. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all

her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Jer. ii, 2. Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Jer. ix, 2. Oh that I had in the

UNRECLAIMED LAND. Gen. iv, 12. When thou tillest wilderness a lodging place of waythe ground, it shall not hence-faring men; that I might leave my forth yield unto thee her strength; people, and go from them! for they a fugitive and a vagabond shalt be all adulterers, an assembly of

thou be in the earth.

treacherous men.

Jer. xxv, 24. And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert. unto

Num. xiv, 2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

Deut. xxix, 23. And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath.

Deut. xxxii, 10. He found him

Jer. 1, 12. Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the

hindermost of the nations shall be

a wilderness, a dry land, and a


Ezek. xlvii, 11. But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Micah vii, 14. Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel:

and, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

let them feed in Bashan Gilead, as in the days of old. Zeph. ii, 9. Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, eren the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

NOXIOUS VEGETATION. Psalm Iviii. 9. Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

Prov.xxiv,31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns and netMatth. xi, 7. And as they de-tles had covered the face thereof, parted, Jesus began to say unto and the stone wall thereof was the multitudes concerning John, broken down. What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

Matth. xv. 33. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

Mark vi, 81, 32. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Luke i, 80. And the child grew,

Eccles. vii, 6. For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Isaiah xxix. 17. Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

Isaiah xxxii, 13. Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

Isaiah xxxiii, 12. And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire."


Isaiah xxxiv. 13. And thorns shall come up in her palaces nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof.

Hosea ix. 6. For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver,

nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

Hosea x, 8. The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the

thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

Micah vii, 4. The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh, now shall be their perplexity.

Matth. vii, 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Heb. vi, 8. But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.

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