24 Some time later King Ben-hadad of Aram mustered his entire army; he marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. 25As the siege continued, famine in Samaria became so great that a donkeys head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of doves dung for five shekels of silver. 26Now as the king of Israel was walking on the city wall, a woman cried out to him, Help, my lord king! 27He said, No! Let the Lord help you. How can I help you? From the threshing-floor or from the wine press? 28But then the king asked her, What is your complaint? She answered, This woman said to me, Give up your son; we will eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow. 29So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, Give up your son and we will eat him. But she has hidden her son.
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