Prophecies against the Philistines
1This is the word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah about the Philistines#Jr 25:20 before Pharaoh defeated Gaza.#Am 1:6-7; Zph 2:4 2This is what the Lord says:
Look, water is rising from the north#Jr 1:13; 4:6,20; 6:1; 50:3,9,41; 51:48
and becoming an overflowing wadi.
It will overflow the land and everything in it,#Is 8:7-8
the cities and their inhabitants.
The people will cry out,
and every inhabitant of the land will wail.
3At the sound of the stomping hooves of his stallions,#Jdg 5:22; Jr 8:16; 50:11
the rumbling of his chariots,
and the clatter of their wheels,#Nah 3:2-3
fathers will not turn back for their sons.
They will be utterly helpless#47:3 Lit Because of weakened hands
4on account of the day that is coming
to destroy all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
every remaining ally.#Jr 25:22; Jl 3:4; Am 1:8-10
Indeed, the Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,
the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.#47:4 Probably Crete#Gn 10:14; Am 9:7
5Baldness#Jr 48:37 is coming to Gaza;
Ashkelon will become silent.#Jdg 1:18; Jr 25:20
Remnant of their valley,
how long will you gash yourself?
6Oh, sword of the Lord!#Ezk 21:3-5
How long will you be restless?
Go back to your sheath;
be still; be silent!
7How can it#47:7 LXX, Vg; MT reads you rest
when the Lord has given it a command?#Ezk 14:17
He has assigned it#Mc 6:9
against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.