Jeremiah 47
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1  The word of Hashem that came to Yirmiyahu the navi concerning the Plishtim, before that Paroh smote Azzah.

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

א  אֲשֶׁר הָיָה דְבַר יְהוָה אֶל יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא אֶל פְּלִשְׁתִּים בְּטֶרֶם יַכֶּה פַרְעֹה אֶת עַזָּה.

47:1  Concerning the Philistines  

 Jeremiah now prophesies about the destruction of the Philistines. The Philistines lived on the southern-western coast of Israel and occupied the five cities of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath. In the Bible, they continuously appear as an enemy of the Israelites. While Jeremiah depicts their destruction, he does not provide a reason for the harsh decree against them. Ezekiel 25:15, however, provides a possible insight into why they deserve this punishment: “because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with disdain of soul to destroy, for the old hatred.”


2  Thus saith Hashem: behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall become an overflowing stream, and they shall overflow the land and all that is therein, the city and them that dwell therein; and the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.

ב  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה הִנֵּה מַיִם עֹלִים מִצָּפוֹן וְהָיוּ לְנַחַל שׁוֹטֵף וְיִשְׁטְפוּ אֶרֶץ וּמְלוֹאָהּ עִיר וְיֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ וְזָעֲקוּ הָאָדָם וְהֵילִל כֹּל יוֹשֵׁב הָאָרֶץ.

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 look not back to their children for feebleness of hands;

ג  מִקּוֹל שַׁעֲטַת פַּרְסוֹת אַבִּירָיו מֵרַעַשׁ לְרִכְבּוֹ הֲמוֹן גַּלְגִּלָּיו לֹא הִפְנוּ אָבוֹת אֶל בָּנִים ֵרִפְיוֹן יָדָיִם.

4  Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Plishtim, to cut off from Tzor and Tzidon every helper that remaineth; for Hashem will spoil the Plishtim, the remnant of the isle of Caphtor.

ד  עַל הַיּוֹם הַבָּא לִשְׁדוֹד אֶת כָּל פְּלִשְׁתִּים לְהַכְרִית לְצֹר וּלְצִידוֹן כֹּל שָׂרִיד עֹזֵר כִּי שֹׁדֵד יְהוָה אֶת פְּלִשְׁתִּים שְׁאֵרִית אִי כַפְתּוֹר.

5  Baldness is come upon Azzah, Ashkelon is brought to nought, the remnant of their valley; how long wilt thou cut thyself?

ה  בָּאָה קָרְחָה אֶל עַזָּה נִדְמְתָה אַשְׁקְלוֹן שְׁאֵרִית עִמְקָם עַד מָתַי תִּתְגּוֹדָדִי.

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

ו  הוֹי חֶרֶב לַיהוָה עַד אָנָה לֹא תִשְׁקֹטִי הֵאָסְפִי אֶל תַּעְרֵךְ הֵרָגְעִי וָדֹמִּי.

7  How canst thou be quiet? for Hashem hath given it a charge; against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore, there hath He appointed it.

ז  אֵיךְ תִּשְׁקֹטִי וַיהוָה צִוָּה לָהּ אֶל אַשְׁקְלוֹן וְאֶל חוֹף הַיָּם שָׁם יְעָדָהּ.

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