Jeremiah 47

Judgment on the Philistines

1 Before the king of Egypt attacked the town of Gaza, the Lord told me to say to the Philistines:
2 I, the Lord, tell you
   that your land will be flooded
      with an army from the north.
   It will destroy your towns
   and sweep you away,
      moaning and screaming.
3 When you hear the thunder
   of horses and chariots,
      your courage will vanish,
   and parents will abandon
      their own children.

4 You refugees from Crete,
   your time has now come,
      and I will destroy you.
   None of you will be left
   to help the cities
      of Tyre and Sidon.
5 The Anakim who survive
      in Gaza and Ashkelon
   will mourn for you
   by shaving their heads
      and sitting in silence.
6 You ask how long will I continue
      to attack you with my sword,
   then you tell me to put it away
      and leave you alone.
7 But how can my sword rest,
   when I have commanded it
      to attack Ashkelon
      and the seacoast?

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary