A Message to the Philistines
47 Before the king of Egypt ·attacked [L struck] the city of Gaza, the Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah the prophet. This message is to the Philistine people [C to the west of Israel; Gen. 10:14; 21:32, 34].
2 This is what the Lord says:
“See, waters are rising from the north [C representing the overwhelming force of the Babylonians].
They will become like an overflowing ·stream [torrent]
and will cover the whole country ·like a flood [L and its fullness],
even the towns and the people living in them.
Everyone living in that country
will cry for help;
the people will ·cry painfully [wail].
3 They will hear the sound of the ·running horses [L hoofs of the chargers]
and the noisy chariots
and the rumbling chariot wheels.
·Parents [Fathers] will not ·help their children to safety [turn back for their children],
because ·they will be too weak to help [L their hands will be weak].
4 The ·time [L day] has come
to destroy all the Philistines.
It is time to ·destroy [L cut off] all who ·are left alive [survive]
who could help the cities of Tyre and Sidon [C the two most important Phoenician cities; the Philistines, Egypt’s allies, could no longer help them].
The Lord will soon destroy the Philistines,
·those left alive from the island of Crete [L the remnant of the coastline of Caphtor].
5 ·The people from the city of Gaza will be sad and shave their heads [L Baldness will come to Gaza].
The people from the city of Ashkelon will be made silent.
·Those left alive [Remnant] from the valley,
how long will you ·cut [gash] yourselves [C a mourning ritual]?
6 “·You cry [L Ah], ‘Sword of the Lord,
how long ·will you keep fighting [L before you rest]?
Return to your ·holder [sheath].
Stop and be still.’
7 But how can his sword rest
when the Lord has given it a command?
He has ·ordered [assigned] it
to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast.”