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The calamities of the Philistines.

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The calamities of the Philistines

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

2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.

3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs 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;

4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.

5 Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Gaza, going or returning from Charcamis. Apries also attacked Tyre, and would of course invade the Philistines. They had assisted the Tyrians against Nabuchodonosor, who therefore made incursions into their territory, and into that of Ammon, &c. while the main part of his army besieged Tyre for thirteen years. C.

Ver. 3. Marching. Lit. “pomp,” (H.) or warlike apparatus. H. — Prot. “stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at,” &c. H. — Children. Fear makes one forget the nearest relations, while each one provides for himself. C. ix. 4. Mic. vii. 5. Mat. x. 35.

Ver. 4. Tyre. See C. xlvii. 4. Ezec. xxvi. &c. — Sidon. It had rejoiced at the downfall of its rival, (Is. xxiii. 4.) and of the Jews. Joel iii. 4. Ezec. xxviii. 24. Artax Ochus punished it severely; (C.) and its own king, Tenner, betrayed his subjects, who were slain by the Persians, or burnt themselves in the conflagration of the city. Diodor. Olym. 177. a. 2. — Helpers; Philistines, who came originally from the isle of Caphtor, or Crete. — Cappadocia was not an island, or near the sea, (C.) but at a distance from the Jews. Sanct.

Ver. 5. Baldness, the sign of mourning, (C.) or captivity. H. — Peace. Heb. “shall be destroyed.” Sept. “cast away.” She has afforded no assistance to Gaza. H. — Valley, along the Mediterranean. C. — Lit. “And ye remnants of their valley, how?” &c. — Cut, in despair or grief. C. xli. 5. Sept. “Remnants of the Enakeim, (giants) how long wilt thou make incisions?” H. — The race of Enack dwelt in those parts; though ankim seems to have been mistaken for ankom. C.

Ver. 6. Sword. He is moved with pity to see so much carnage, but reflects that such is the will of God. Nabuchodonosor was his sword or scourge. C.