"I am the sword of the Lord, and Famine and Pestilence are my sisters"

The trinity of the sword, famine and pestilence recurs throughout the Book of Jeremiah and is God’s punishment to the people of Judah for their former idolatrous practices. (See, for example, Jeremiah 14:11-2: “Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.”)