The Word of the Lord to Jeremiah

Chapter 47

The destruction of the Philistines, 1-7.

1 [The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines before Pharaoh smote Gaza.]

2 Thus says the LORD:

"Behold, waters rise out of the north/
and shall be an overflowing flood,/
and shall overflow the land and all that is in itβ€”/
the city and those who dwell therein./
Then the men shall cry,/
and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.

At the noise of the stamping of the hooves of his strong horses,/
at the rushing of his chariots,/
and at the rumbling of his wheels,/
the fathers shall not look back to their children/
for feebleness of hands,

Because of the day that comes/
to lay waste all the Philistines,/
and to cut off from Tyre and Zidon/
every helper who remains./
For the LORD will lay waste the Philistines,/
the remnant of the country of Caphtor.

Baldness has come upon Gaza./
Ashkelon is cut off/
with the remnant of their valley./
How long will you cut yourself?

O sword of the LORD,/
how long will it be before you are quiet?/
Put yourself up into your scabbard./
Rest, and be still.

How can it be quiet,/
seeing the LORD has given it a charge/
against Ashkelon and against the sea shore?/
There he has appointed it."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Jeremiah, Chapter 47[➚]