Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before your foes, while that the sword of your enemies overtakes you; 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 territory of Israel.
Now therefore decide what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.
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George Leo Haydock
Three years' famine; which joined with the three foregoing years of famine, mentioned 2 Kings xxi., and the seventh year of the land's resting, would make up the seven years proposed by the prophet, 2 Kings xxiv. 13. (Challoner)
Perhaps it would be as well to acknowledge a mistake, (2 Kings; Haydock) on account of the similitude of the Hebrew words signifying three and seven: (Tirinus) unless the prophet reduced the time from seven to three years; as in Ezechiel (iv. 15.) God mitigates the severity of his first threat. (Sanctius) ...
Three years famine: 2 Samuel 24:13 reads "seven years". The apparent discrepency lies in the error in the Hebrew manuscripts. The Greek Septuagint, which is a translation of a much more ancient version, reads "three years famine". (John Litteral) Or it can be explained as that which joined with the three foregoing years of famine mentioned, 2 Samuel 21. and the seventh year of the land's resting, would make up the seven years proposed by the prophet, 2 Samuel 24:13. ...