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The Coming Destruction of Philistine Cities

“For Gaza will be forsaken,[a]
    and Ashkelon deserted—
Ashdod will be emptied at high noon;
    even Ekron will be uprooted.[b]
Woe to those who live along the coast,
    the people of Philistia![c]
This message from the Lord is being spoken against you,
    Canaan, land of the Philistines:
        ‘I’ll destroy you until no one lives there!’
The Philistine[d] coast will become meadows
    for shepherds and sheep pens.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:4 The Heb. word forsaken sounds like the Heb. name Gaza
  2. Zephaniah 2:4 The Heb. word uprooted sounds like the Heb. name Ekron
  3. Zephaniah 2:5 Lit. of the Cherethites
  4. Zephaniah 2:6 Lit. Cherethite
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