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(A)Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;
    Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
    Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
    Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
(B)a mixed people[a] shall dwell in Ashdod,
    and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.

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  1. Zechariah 9:6 Or a foreign people; Hebrew a bastard

(A)Baldness has come upon Gaza;
    (B)Ashkelon has perished.
O remnant of their valley,
    (C)how long will you gash yourselves?

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Thus says the Lord:

(A)“For three transgressions of (B)Gaza,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because (C)they carried into exile a whole people
    to deliver them up to Edom.
So I will send a fire upon the wall of (D)Gaza,
    and it shall devour her strongholds.
I will cut off the inhabitants from (E)Ashdod,
    and him who holds the sceptre from Ashkelon;
I will turn my hand against Ekron,
    and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,”
says the Lord God.

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