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1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh smote Gaza.

2“Thus says the Lord:

Behold, waters are rising out of the north,

and shall become an overflowing torrent;

they shall overflow the land and all that fills it,

the city and those who dwell in it.

Men shall cry out,

and every inhabitant of the land shall wail.

3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,

at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,

the fathers look not back to their children,

so feeble are their hands,

4because of the day that is coming to destroy

all the Philistines,

to cut off from Tyre and Sidon

every helper that remains.

For the Lord is destroying the Philistines,

the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.

5Baldness has come upon Gaza,

Ashʹkelon has perished.

O remnant of the Anakim,

how long will you gash yourselves?

6Ah, sword of the Lord!

How long till you are quiet?

Put yourself into your scabbard,

rest and be still!

7How can it be quiet,

when the Lord has given it a charge?

Against Ashʹkelon and against the seashore

he has appointed it.”

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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