from the Shihor River(A) on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron(B) on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers(C) in Gaza, Ashdod,(D) Ashkelon,(E) Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites(F)

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He went to war against the Philistines(A) and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod.(B) He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.

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18 while the Philistines(A) had raided towns in the foothills and in the Negev of Judah. They captured and occupied Beth Shemesh, Aijalon(B) and Gederoth,(C) as well as Soko,(D) Timnah(E) and Gimzo, with their surrounding villages.

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Philistia

Gaza(A) will be abandoned
    and Ashkelon(B) left in ruins.
At midday Ashdod will be emptied
    and Ekron uprooted.
Woe to you who live by the sea,
    you Kerethite(C) people;
the word of the Lord is against you,(D)
    Canaan, land of the Philistines.
He says, “I will destroy you,
    and none will be left.”(E)
The land by the sea will become pastures
    having wells for shepherds
    and pens for flocks.(F)
That land will belong
    to the remnant(G) of the people of Judah;
    there they will find pasture.
In the evening they will lie down
    in the houses of Ashkelon.
The Lord their God will care for them;
    he will restore their fortunes.[a](H)

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:7 Or will bring back their captives
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