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Judgment on Philistia

The Lord said:

I will punish Philistia[a]
for countless crimes,
    and I won’t change my mind.
They dragged off my people[b]
    from town after town
to sell them as slaves
    to the Edomites.

That’s why I will burn down
the walls and fortresses
    of the city of Gaza.
I will destroy the king[c] of Ashdod
    and the ruler of Ashkelon.
I will strike down Ekron,[d]
and that will be the end
    of the Philistines.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

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  1. 1.6 Philistia: The Hebrew text has “Gaza,” one of the main Philistine cities.
  2. 1.6 my people: The people of Israel.
  3. 1.8 king: Or “people.”
  4. 1.8 Ashdod. . . Ashkelon. . . Ekron: Philistine cities.

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