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because the time has come to destroy all the Philistines.
    The time has come to destroy Tyre and Sidon’s remaining helpers.
The Lord will destroy the Philistines,
    the survivors from the Island of Crete.[a]
The people from Gaza will be sad and shave their heads.
    The people from Ashkelon will be silenced.
    Survivors from the valley, how long will you cut yourselves?[b]

“Sword of the Lord, you have not stopped.
    How long will you keep fighting?
Go back into your scabbard[c]!
    Stop! Be still!

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 47:4 Island of Crete Literally, “Island of Caphtor.” Sometimes this means Crete, and sometimes it means Cyprus. The Bible says the Philistines originally came from Caphtor.
  2. Jeremiah 47:5 sad … cut yourselves The people did these things to show their sadness.
  3. Jeremiah 47:6 scabbard A holder for a sword.

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