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Jeremiah 47 International Standard Version (ISV)

A Prophecy against the Philistines

47 This is[a] the message from the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh conquered Gaza. This is what the Lord says:

“Look, waters are rising from the north,
    and they’ll become an overflowing river.
They’ll overflow the land and all that fills it[b]
    the city and those that live in it.
People will cry out,
    and all those living in the land will wail.
At the sound of the galloping hooves of his horses,[c]
    at the rumbling of his chariots,
        the clatter of his wheels,
fathers won’t turn back for their[d] children
    because their hands are weak,
for the day is coming to destroy all the Philistines,
    to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
        every helper who remains.
For the Lord is destroying the Philistines,
    the remnant of the coastlands of Caphtor.[e]
Baldness[f] is coming to Gaza.
    Ashkelon is silenced.
Remnant of their valley,
    how long will you gash yourself?[g]
Ah, sword of the Lord,
    how long before you are quiet?
Put yourself into your scabbard,
    be at rest, be silent!
How can it be quiet,
    when the Lord has ordered disaster
to come to Ashkelon and the seashore?
    That’s where he has assigned it.”


  1. Jeremiah 47:1 The Heb. lacks This is
  2. Jeremiah 47:2 Lit. its fullness
  3. Jeremiah 47:3 Lit. his strong ones
  4. Jeremiah 47:3 The Heb. lacks their
  5. Jeremiah 47:4 I.e. Crete and the Aegean islands from which the Philistines came
  6. Jeremiah 47:5 I.e. the head was shaved as a rite of mourning
  7. Jeremiah 47:5 I.e. people made cuts on their bodies as an act of mourning
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Jeremiah 47 New International Version (NIV)

A Message About the Philistines

47 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:

This is what the Lord says:

“See how the waters are rising in the north;
    they will become an overflowing torrent.
They will overflow the land and everything in it,
    the towns and those who live in them.
The people will cry out;
    all who dwell in the land will wail
at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,
    at the noise of enemy chariots
    and the rumble of their wheels.
Parents will not turn to help their children;
    their hands will hang limp.
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.’
But how can it rest
    when the Lord has commanded it,
when he has ordered it
    to attack Ashkelon and the coast?”


  1. Jeremiah 47:4 That is, Crete
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Jeremiah 47 King James Version (KJV)

47 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.

Thus saith the Lord; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.

At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;

Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the Lord will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.

Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

O thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

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