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A Message Concerning the Philistines

47 The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before[a] Pharaoh attacked Gaza. Thus says Yahweh:

“Look, waters are rising from the north,
    and they will become as a raging torrent,
and they will overflow the land,
    and that which fills it,
    the city and those who live in it.
And the people will cry out,
    and every inhabitant of the land will wail,
from the sound of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,
    from the clattering of his chariots,[b]
    the noise of their wheels.
Fathers do not turn to their children
    because of the slackness of their hands.
Because of the day that is coming
    to destroy all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and from Sidon
    every survivor who could help,
for Yahweh is destroying the Philistines,
    the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.
Baldness has come upon Gaza,
    Ashkelon is destroyed.
O remnant of their valley,
    how long[c] will you cut yourself with a blade?
Ah, sword of Yahweh,
    how long[d] will you not be quiet?
Gather to your sheath,
    keep quiet and stand still.
How can you be quiet
    when Yahweh has given an order to it?
Against Ashkelon and against the shore of the sea,
    there he has appointed it.”

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 47:1 Literally “at not yet”
  2. Jeremiah 47:3 Hebrew “chariot”
  3. Jeremiah 47:5 Literally “until when”
  4. Jeremiah 47:6 Literally “until when”

A Message About the Philistines

47 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines(A) before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:(B)

This is what the Lord says:

“See how the waters are rising in the north;(C)
    they will become an overflowing torrent.
They will overflow the land and everything in it,
    the towns and those who live in them.
The people will cry out;
    all who dwell in the land will wail(D)
at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,
    at the noise of enemy chariots(E)
    and the rumble of their wheels.
Parents will not turn to help their children;
    their hands will hang limp.(F)
For the day has come
    to destroy all the Philistines
and to remove all survivors
    who could help Tyre(G) and Sidon.(H)
The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,(I)
    the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.[a](J)
Gaza will shave(K) her head in mourning;
    Ashkelon(L) will be silenced.
You remnant on the plain,
    how long will you cut(M) yourselves?

“‘Alas, sword(N) of the Lord,
    how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
    cease and be still.’(O)
But how can it rest
    when the Lord has commanded it,
when he has ordered it
    to attack Ashkelon and the coast?”(P)

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 47:4 That is, Crete

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