AMP - 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day's wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine! [II Kings 6:25.]
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In my opinion, the prohibition cited in the question was saying that the activity of the rider on the black horse in John's vision (who symbolized famine) was not to be directed against non-essential items such as wine and olive oil, but was instead to affect basic essential food items such as grains (barley and wheat) that were used to make bread, so that it would inflict maximum hardship.
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