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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].
·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]?

“·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.’

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