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Doves' Dung

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DOVES’ DUNG . ‘A fourth part of a cab’ of this material was sold at a high price in Samaria during the siege ( 2 Kings 6:25 ). The words harî yônîm , as they stand, are plain, and no suggested alternative has cleared up the difficulty. It is an example of the actual extremity of the siege comparable with the threats of the approaching siege of 2 Kings 18:27 . Whether, as Josephus suggests, the dung was a source of salt, or was used as medicine or as food, it is impossible to say.

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Doves' Dung'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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