Jeremiah 47
What the LORD says about the Philistines
1Before the king of Egypt attacked the town of Gaza,#47.1 attacked the town of Gaza: One of the major Philistine towns; nothing is known about this attack. the LORD told me to say to the Philistines:#Is 14.29-31; Ez 25.15-17; Jl 3.4-8; Am 1.6-8; Zep 2.4-7; Zec 9.5-7.
2I, 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.
3When you hear the thunder
of horses and chariots,
your courage will vanish,
and parents will abandon
their own children.
4You refugees from Crete,#47.4 Crete: Hebrew “Caphtor”, another name for Crete, the original homeland of the ancestor of the Philistines.
your time has now come,
and I will destroy you.
None of you will be left
to help the cities
of Tyre and Sidon.
5-6The Anakim who survive#47.5,6 Anakim who survive: One ancient translation; Hebrew “people in the valley who survive”. The Anakim may have been a group of very large people that lived in Palestine before the Israelites (see Numbers 13.33; Deuteronomy 2.10,11,20,21; and Joshua 11.21,22).
in Gaza and Ashkelon
will mourn for you
by shaving their heads
and sitting in silence.
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.
7But how can my sword rest,
when I have commanded it
to attack Ashkelon
and the coast?