Three years' famine . The parallel place has, in our Hebrew text, "seven" instead of "three." But the Septuagint indicates this to be but a corruption of a later text; for it reads" three," as here. The parallel place shows no mention of the destroying angel here spoken of. The three inflictions of famine, sword, pestilence, are found not unfrequently elsewhere in Scripture (see Deuteronomy 28:21-25 ; Ezekiel 14:21 ; Revelation 6:4-8 ). Now … advise thyself . The simple text is" Now see," in place of "Now know and see" of the parallel passage.