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Jeremiah 47:4-6 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Because of the day that is coming
    to destroy all the Philistines
And cut off from Tyre and Sidon[a]
    the last of their allies.
Yes, the Lord is destroying the Philistines,
    the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.
Baldness is visited upon Gaza,
    Ashkelon is reduced to silence;
Ashdod, remnant of their strength,
    how long will you gash yourself?[b]
Ah! Sword of the Lord!
    When will you find rest?
Return to your scabbard;
    stop, be still!


  1. 47:4 Tyre and Sidon: Phoenician seaports allied commercially with the Philistines and often rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar; cf. 27:1–4. After the capture of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar carried out a partially successful thirteen-year siege of Tyre. Caphtor: Crete and other Aegean islands, points of origin for the Philistines and other sea peoples; cf. Am 9:7.
  2. 47:5 Baldness…gash yourself: close-cropped hair, silence, and ritual slashing of the body express mourning and grief and here represent the mourner’s awareness that chaos has overcome order (cf. 41:5).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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