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 Gat. 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.”Comment
2 Thus 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,
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 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
ג מִקּוֹל שַׁעֲטַת פַּרְסוֹת אַבִּירָיו מֵרַעַשׁ לְרִכְבּוֹ הֲמוֹן גַּלְגִּלָּיו לֹא־הִפְנוּ אָבוֹת אֶל־בָּנִים מֵרִפְיוֹן יָדָיִם׃
4 Because of the day that is coming For ravaging all the Philistines, For cutting off every last ally Of Tyre and Tzidon. For Hashem will ravage the Philistines, The remnant from the island of Caphtor.
5 Baldness has come upon Azza, Ashkelon is destroyed. O remnant of their valley, How long will you gash yourself?
6 “O sword of Hashem, When will you be quiet at last? Withdraw into your sheath, Rest and be still!”
ו הוֹי חֶרֶב לַיהוָה עַד־אָנָה לֹא תִשְׁקֹטִי הֵאָסְפִי אַל־תַּעְרֵךְ הֵרָגְעִי וָדֹמִּי׃