Jeremiah prophecies against the Philistines. They will be swept away by the overflowing torrent of the Babylonian Empire.
VERSE 1. The LORD’s word that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck Gaza.
the Philistines. Philistia occupied the coastal plain of Judah and had been a thorn in Israel’s side since ancient times.
before Pharaoh struck Gaza. The date for this event is unknown. But the most likely timeframe is either 609 BC or 601 BC.
VERSE 2. The LORD says: “Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and will become an overflowing stream, and will overflow the land and all that is therein, the city and those who dwell therein. The men will cry, and all the inhabitants of the land will wail.
waters rise up out of the north. Jeremiah pictures the Babylonian Empire as an overflowing torrent that would sweep away the Philistines.
VERSE 3. At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong ones, at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers don’t look back to their children for feebleness of hands;
VERSE 4. because of the day that comes to destroy all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains; for the LORD will destroy the Philistines, the remnant of the isle of Caphtor.
Tyre and Sidon. These two cities were commercially associated with the Philistines. And they were enemies of Nebuchadnezzar.
the isle of Caphtor. The Philistines were the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor, that is, the island of Crete.
VERSE 5. Baldness has come on Gaza; Ashkelon is brought to nothing, the remnant of their valley: how long will you cut yourself?
Baldness has come. They will shave their heads. It was a sign of their mourning or grief.
how long will you cut yourself. They will cut themselves. This too was a sign of their mourning or grief.
VERSE 6. “ ‘You sword of the LORD, how long will it be before you are quiet? Put yourself back into your scabbard; rest, and be still.’
VERSE 7. “How can you be quiet, since the LORD has given you a command? Against Ashkelon, and against the seashore, there has he appointed it.”
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