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The word of Jehovah that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh smote Gazah.
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Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall become an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein;
the city, and them that dwell therein: and the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl,
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at the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his steeds, at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of his wheels: fathers shall not look back for [their] children, from feebleness of hands;
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because of the day that cometh to lay waste all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper that remaineth;
for Jehovah will lay waste the Philistines, the remnant of the island of Caphtor.
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Baldness is come upon Gazah;
Ashkelon is cut off, the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
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Alas!
sword of Jehovah, how long wilt thou not be quiet?
Withdraw into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
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How shouldest thou be quiet?
— For Jehovah hath given it a charge: against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore, there hath he appointed it.