Prophecies against the Philistines
1This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet about the Philistines # Jr 25:20 before Pharaoh defeated Gaza. # Am 1:6-7; Zph 2:4 2This is what the Lord says:
Look, waters are rising from the north # Jr 1:13; 4:6,20; 6:1; 50:3,9,41; 51:48
and becoming an overflowing wadi.
They 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,
because they will be utterly helpless # Lit because of laziness of 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 islands of Caphtor. # 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
a 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 # 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.