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The Lord Will Judge His People’s Enemies

Gaza will be deserted,
    and Ashkelon will be destroyed.
    Ashdod will be driven out at noon,
    and Ekron will be torn out by the roots.
How horrible it will be for those who live on the seacoast,
    for the nation from Crete.
    The word of Yahweh is against you, Canaan, the land of the Philistines:
    “I will destroy you so that no one will be living there.”
The seacoast will become pastureland
    with meadows for shepherds
        and fenced-off places for sheep.

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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)

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