Prophecy against Philistia

The Lord’s word to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh conquered Gaza.
The Lord proclaims:
Waters are rising from the north
and turning into a raging flood.
They will engulf the land and everything in it,
the towns and those living in them.
The people cry out;
all who live there scream.
At the pounding of the stallions’ hooves,
at the deafening roar of the chariots’ wheels,
parents abandon children,
so paralyzed are they with fear.
Because the time is coming
for the Philistines’ destruction,
for cutting off from Tyre and Sidon
anyone who might try to save Gaza,[a]
because the Lord will destroy the Philistines,
the few left from the island of Caphtor.
Mourning[b] will come upon Gaza;
silence will cover Ashkelon,
the few left in their valley.
How long will you gash yourselves in grief?[c]
You sword of the Lord,
how long until you are silent?
Return to your sheath;
rest and be still!
How can you be silent
when the Lord has directed you[d]
to attack Ashkelon and the coast line?


  1. Jeremiah 47:4 Or a helper
  2. Jeremiah 47:5 Or baldness
  3. Jeremiah 47:5 Heb lacks in grief.
  4. Jeremiah 47:7 Or it