1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:
2 This is what the LORD says: ¶ "See how the waters are rising in the north; ¶ they will become an overflowing torrent. ¶ They will overflow the land and everything in it, ¶ the towns and those who live in them. ¶ The people will cry out; ¶ all who dwell in the land will wail
3 at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots ¶ and the rumble of their wheels. ¶ Parents will not turn to help their children; ¶ their hands will hang limp.
4 For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines ¶ and to remove all survivors ¶ who could help Tyre and Sidon. ¶ The LORD is about to destroy the Philistines, ¶ the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor. [^1]
5 Gaza will shave her head in mourning; Ashkelon will be silenced. ¶ You remnant on the plain, ¶ how long will you cut yourselves?
6 "'Alas, sword of the LORD, ¶ how long till you rest? ¶ Return to your sheath; ¶ cease and be still.'
7 But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, ¶ when he has ordered it ¶ to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"