24 Now it came about after this, that Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.25 There was a great famine in Samaria; and behold, they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a [a]kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver.26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!”27 He said, “[b]If the Lord does not help you, from where shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the wine press?”28 And the king said to her, “What [c]is the matter with you?” And she [d]answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’29 So we boiled my son and ate him; and I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”
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