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Jeremiah 47:4-6 Common English Bible (CEB)

Because the time is coming
    for the Philistines’ destruction,
    for cutting off from Tyre and Sidon
        anyone who might try to save Gaza,[a]
    because the Lord will destroy the Philistines,
    the few left from the island of Caphtor.
Mourning[b] will come upon Gaza;
    silence will cover Ashkelon,
        the few left in their valley.
How long will you gash yourselves in grief?[c]
    You sword of the Lord,
    how long until you are silent?
Return to your sheath;
    rest and be still!


  1. Jeremiah 47:4 Or a helper
  2. Jeremiah 47:5 Or baldness
  3. Jeremiah 47:5 Heb lacks in grief.
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Jeremiah 47:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

For the day has come
    to destroy all the Philistines
and to remove all survivors
    who could help Tyre and Sidon.
The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,
    the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.[a]
Gaza will shave her head in mourning;
    Ashkelon will be silenced.
You remnant on the plain,
    how long will you cut yourselves?

“‘Alas, sword of the Lord,
    how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
    cease and be still.’


  1. Jeremiah 47:4 That is, Crete
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