Jeremiah 47

1This is the message from the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet. This message is about the Philistine people. This message came before Pharaoh attacked the city of Gaza. 2The Lord says: “Look, ˻the enemy soldiers are meeting together˼ in the north. They will come like a fast river spilling over its banks. They will cover the whole country like a flood. They will cover the towns and the people living in them. Everyone living in that country will cry for help. 3They will hear the sound of running horses, the noisy chariots, the rumbling wheels. Fathers won’t be able to protect their children. They will be too weak to help. 4Why? Because the time has come to destroy all the Philistine people The time has come to destroy Tyre and Sidon’s remaining helpers. The Lord will destroy the Philistine people. He will destroy the survivors from the Island of Crete. 5The people from Gaza will be sad and shave their heads. The people from Ashkelon will be silenced. Survivors from the valley, how long will you cut yourselves? 6“Sword of the Lord, you have not quit. How long will you keep fighting? Go back into your scabbard! Stop! Be still! 7But how can the sword of the Lord rest? The Lord gave it a command. The Lord commanded it to attack the city of Ashkelon and the seacoast.”

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