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Ten Famines, Three, or Five.

It was a harsh indisputable fact. There was a famine in the land. Ironic it was, too, for the referenced

area is clearly stated to be Bethlehem-judah, ‘the house of bread,’ where the residents were known as

Ephrathites, i.e. those from Ephratah. This was another name for Bethlehem which means ‘fruitfulness.’ The

harsh irony of life is that want and barrenness, like an insidious mould knows no bounds, often finding it’s way

even into the house of bread.

When faced with a daunting and bleak future, even true worshipers don’t always make the best of

choices. Nor are the events forcing the choosing neces