The word famine comes from the Latin word famis, which means “hunger.” The first recorded famine occurred in Egypt around 1650 BC. Famines have since been documented in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, India, China, and North America.
Famine is a devastating phenomenon that has afflicted human beings throughout history. This natural disaster can be caused by several factors, including drought, war, and pestilence. Famine can have a profound impact on society, leading to widespread death and suffering.
One of the most famous famines was the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s. This famine was caused by a disease that affected potatoes, which were a staple food in Ireland at that time. As a result of the famine, over a million people died of starvation or disease, and many more emigrated from Ireland.
In the Bible, famine is mentioned numerous times, often as a punishment from God. The most famous instance of this is the account of Joseph in Egypt, who was able to save his people from starvation during a seven-year famine.
While famine is still a reality in many parts of the world today, advances in technology and agricultural practices have helped to mitigate its effects. In recent years, international organizations such as the World Food Programme have been working to provide food assistance to those who are affected by famine. With continued effort, it is hoped that the number of people affected by famine will continue to decline.
Despite advances in food production and distribution, famines still occur in many parts of the world. They are often caused by poverty, conflict, or natural disasters. With proper planning and assistance, however, famine can be prevented.
Bible Verses About Famine
1. Deuteronomy 28:51
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
2. Leviticus 26:26
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.
3. Jeremiah 14:18
If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.
4. Mark 13:8
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
5. Job 15:23
He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
6. 2 Samuel 24:13
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
7. Ezekiel 7:15
The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
8. Ezekiel 4:17
That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
9. Micah 6:14
Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
10. Jeremiah 15:2
And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.
11. Luke 21:11
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12. Revelation 18:8
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
13. Job 20:22
In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
14. Matthew 24:7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
15. Hosea 9:2
The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
16. Deuteronomy 32:24
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.
17. Ecclesiastes 6:7
All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
18. Jeremiah 42:16
Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.
19. Ezekiel 4:16
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:
20. 1 Chronicles 21:12
Either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.
21. Hosea 4:10
For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
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