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Jeremiah 47 Living Bible (TLB)

47 The Philistines

This is God’s message to Jeremiah concerning the Philistines of Gaza, before the city was captured[a] by the Egyptian army:

The Lord says: A flood is coming from the north to overflow the land of the Philistines; it will destroy their cities and everything in them. Strong men will scream in terror, and all the land will weep. Hear the clattering hoofs and rumbling wheels as the chariots go rushing by; fathers flee without a backward glance at their helpless children, for the time has come when all the Philistines and their allies from Tyre and Sidon will be destroyed. For the Lord is destroying the Philistines, those colonists from Caphtor. The cities of Gaza and Ashkelon will be razed to the ground and lie in ruins. O descendants of the Anakim, how you will lament and mourn!

O sword of the Lord, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your scabbard; rest and be still! But how can it be still when the Lord has sent it on an errand? For the city of Ashkelon and those living along the sea must be destroyed.


  1. Jeremiah 47:1 before the city was captured. In 609 b.c., the year King Josiah died.
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