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The time has come
    to destroy all the Philistines.
It is time to destroy all who are left alive
    who could help the cities of Tyre and Sidon.
The Lord will soon destroy the Philistines,
    those left alive from the island of Crete.
The people from the city of Gaza will be sad and shave their heads.
    The people from the city of Ashkelon will be made silent.
Those left alive from the valley,
    how long will you cut yourselves?[a]

“You cry, ‘Sword of the Lord,
    how long will you keep fighting?
Return to your holder.
    Stop and be still.’

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Footnotes

  1. 47:5 sad and . . . yourselves The people did these things to show their sadness.

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