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Chapter 47

Translation and Transliteration of 

1The word of Hashem that came to the Navi Yirmiyahu concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh conquered Azza.

a-SHER ha-YAH d'-var a-do-NAI el yir-m'-YA-hu ha-na-VEE el p'-lish-TEEM b'-TE-rem ya-KEH far-OH et a-ZAH

אאֲשֶׁ֨ר הָיָ֧ה דְבַר־יְהֹוָ֛ה אֶל־יִרְמְיָ֥הוּ הַנָּבִ֖יא אֶל־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֑ים בְּטֶ֛רֶם יַכֶּ֥ה פַרְעֹ֖ה אֶת־עַזָּֽה׃

47:1  Concerning the Philistines

Yirmiyahu now prophesies about the destruction of the Philistines. The Philistines lived on the southwestern coast of Israel, and occupied the five cities of Azza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath. In the Bible, they continuously appear as an enemy of the Israelites. While Yirmiyahu depicts their destruction, he does not provide a reason for the harsh decree against them. Yechezkel (25:15), however, provides a possible insight into why they deserve this punishment: “because the Philistines, in their ancient hatred, acted vengefully, and with utter scorn sought revenge and destruction.”

2Thus said Hashem: See, waters are rising from the north, They shall become a raging torrent, They shall flood the land and its creatures, The towns and their inhabitants. Men shall cry out, All the inhabitants of the land shall howl,

KO a-MAR a-do-NAI, hi-NEH ma-YIM o-LIM mi-TZA-fon v'-ha-YU l'-na-KHAL sho-TEF v'-yish-TE-fu E-retz u-m'-lo-AH eer v'-yo-SHE-vay ba-H v'-za-a-KU ha-a-DAM v'-he-LEEL kol yo-SHAYV ha-A-retz.

בכֹּ֣ה ׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהֹוָ֗ה הִנֵּה־מַ֜יִם עֹלִ֤ים מִצָּפוֹן֙ וְהָיוּ֙ לְנַ֣חַל שׁוֹטֵ֔ף וְיִשְׁטְפוּ֙ אֶ֣רֶץ וּמְלוֹאָ֔הּ עִ֖יר וְיֹ֣שְׁבֵי בָ֑הּ וְזָעֲקוּ֙ הָאָדָ֔ם וְהֵילִ֕ל כֹּ֖ל יוֹשֵׁ֥ב הָאָֽרֶץ׃

3At the clatter of the stamping hoofs of his stallions, At the noise of his chariots, The rumbling of their wheels, Fathers shall not look to their children Out of sheer helplessness

mi-KOL sha-ATAT par-SOT a-vee-RAV me-RA-ash le-rik-BO ha-MON gal-gi-LAV lo-hif-NU a-VOt el-ba-NIM me-ri-FI-yon ya-DA-yim

גמִקּ֗וֹל שַֽׁעֲטַת֙ פַּרְס֣וֹת אַבִּירָ֔יו מֵרַ֣עַשׁ לְרִכְבּ֔וֹ הֲמ֖וֹן גַּלְגִּלָּ֑יו לֹא־הִפְנ֤וּ אָבוֹת֙ אֶל־בָּנִ֔ים מֵרִפְי֖וֹן יָדָֽיִם׃

4Because of the day that is coming For ravaging all the Philistines, For cutting off every last ally Of Tyre and Sidon. For Hashem will ravage the Philistines, The remnant from the island of Caphtor.

al-ha-YOM ha-BA lish-DOD et-KOL p'-lish-TIM l'-hakh-REET l'-TZOR u-l'-TZI-don, KOL sa-REED o-ZER, KEE-sho-DAYD a-do-NAI et-p'-lish-TIM, she-e-REET i kaf-TOR

דעַל־הַיּ֗וֹם הַבָּא֙ לִשְׁד֣וֹד אֶת־כׇּל־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים לְהַכְרִ֤ית לְצֹר֙ וּלְצִיד֔וֹן כֹּ֖ל שָׂרִ֣יד עֹזֵ֑ר כִּֽי־שֹׁדֵ֤ד יְהֹוָה֙ אֶת־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים שְׁאֵרִ֖ית אִ֥י כַפְתּֽוֹר׃

5Baldness has come upon Azza, Ashkelon is destroyed. O remnant of their valley, How long will you gash yourself?

ba-AH kor-KHA el a-ZAH nid-m'-TAH ash-k'-LON sh'-AY-REET im-KAM ad ma-TAI tit-go-DA-dee

הבָּ֤אָה קׇרְחָה֙ אֶל־עַזָּ֔ה נִדְמְתָ֥ה אַשְׁקְל֖וֹן שְׁאֵרִ֣ית עִמְקָ֑ם עַד־מָתַ֖י תִּתְגּוֹדָֽדִי׃

6“O sword of Hashem, When will you be quiet at last? Withdraw into your sheath, Rest and be still!”

HOY khe-REV la-a-do-NAI ad-a-NAH lo tish-ko-TEE, he-a-S'FI el ta-REKH, he-ra-GE-i va-do-MEE.

וה֗וֹי חֶ֚רֶב לַיהֹוָ֔ה עַד־אָ֖נָה לֹ֣א תִשְׁקֹ֑טִי הֵאָֽסְפִי֙ אֶל־תַּעְרֵ֔ךְ הֵרָגְעִ֖י וָדֹֽמִּי׃

7How can it be quiet When Hashem has given it orders Against Ashkelon and the seacoast, Given it assignment there?

AYKH tish-KO-tee va-a-do-NAI tzi-VAH-la-HA el ash-ke-LON v'-el-KHOF ha-YAM sham ya-a-DAH

זאֵ֣יךְ תִּשְׁקֹ֔טִי וַיהֹוָ֖ה צִוָּה־לָ֑הּ אֶֽל־אַשְׁקְל֛וֹן וְאֶל־ח֥וֹף הַיָּ֖ם שָׁ֥ם יְעָדָֽהּ׃