1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet a against the Philistines, b before Pharaoh attacked Gaza.
Thus says the LORD:
"Behold, c waters rise d out of the north,
And shall be an overflowing flood;
They shall overflow the land and all that is in it,
The city and those who dwell within;
Then the men shall cry,
And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail. 3 At the e noise of the stamping hooves of his strong horses,
At the rushing of his chariots,
At the rumbling of his wheels,
The fathers will not look back for their children,
1 Lacking courage, 4 Because of the day that comes to plunder all the f Philistines,
To cut off from g Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains;
For the LORD shall plunder the Philistines,
h The remnant of the country of i Caphtor. 2 5 j Baldness has come upon Gaza,
k Ashkelon is cut off
With the remnant of their valley.
How long will you cut yourself? 6 "O you l sword of the LORD,
How long until you are quiet?
Put yourself up into your scabbard,
Rest and be still! 7 How can 3 it be quiet,
Seeing the LORD has m given it a charge
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore?
There He has n appointed it."