1The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.2Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses , at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;4Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.5Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?6O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.7How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.
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Judgment on the Philistines
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down Gaza. (Jer 25:20; Eze 25:15; Am 1:6; Zep 2:4; Zep 2:5)2“Thus says the Lord: Behold, waters are rising out of the north, and shall become an overflowing torrent; they shall overflow the land and all that fills it, the city and those who dwell in it. Men shall cry out, and every inhabitant of the land shall wail. (Isa 8:7; Jer 1:13; Jer 8:16; Jer 46:7)3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions, at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels, the fathers look not back to their children, so feeble are their hands, (Jer 46:5; Na 3:2)4because of the day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper that remains. For the Lord is destroying the Philistines, the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor. (Ge 10:14; Isa 23:1; Jer 25:22; Jer 47:1; Joe 3:4; Am 1:8; Am 9:7)5Baldness has come upon Gaza; Ashkelon has perished. O remnant of their valley, how long will you gash yourselves? (Jud 1:18; Isa 3:24; Jer 25:20; Jer 48:37)6Ah, sword of the Lord! How long till you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still! (De 32:41; Eze 21:3)7How can it be quiet when the Lord has given it a charge? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.” (Jud 1:18; Jer 25:20; Eze 14:17; Mic 6:9)