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FRAMEWORKS: Jeremiah 47: A word against the Philistines


[Preliminary Comment: The Philistines, living in the south west, were fairly minor players on the international scene but nevertheless had been an almost constant thorn in the side of Israel down through the years. Although Pharaoh is mentioned here, Nebuchadnezzar's force was the greatest in the area, eventually coming down across the whole area, but it is possible that after Josiah was killed in battle against pharaoh Neco in 609BC the Egyptians cleaned up Philistia before returning home.]



v.1 The Context: To the Philistines at a specific point in history

v.1  This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:


v.2,3 A warning of an invader coming from the north [that must be Nebuchadnezzar]

v.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
v.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.

v.4 The outcome will be the destruction of the Philistines

v.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.

v.5 Mourning will come to the Philistine cities

v.5  Gaza will shave her head in mourning;
    Ashkelon will be silenced.
You remnant on the plain,
    how long will you cut yourselves?


v.6,7 The sword of destruction will continuer as Lord as the Lord decrees it

v.6  ‘“Alas, sword of the Lord,
    how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
    cease and be still.”
v.7  But how can it rest
    when the Lord has commanded it,
when he has ordered it
    to attack Ashkelon and the coast?'



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