This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Gaza,(A)
    even for four, I will not relent.(B)
Because she took captive whole communities
    and sold them to Edom,(C)

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I will send fire on the walls of Gaza
    that will consume her fortresses.
I will destroy the king[a] of Ashdod(A)
    and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon.
I will turn my hand(B) against Ekron,
    till the last of the Philistines(C) are dead,”(D)
says the Sovereign Lord.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 1:8 Or inhabitants

Ashkelon(A) will see it and fear;
    Gaza will writhe in agony,
    and Ekron too, for her hope will wither.
Gaza will lose her king
    and Ashkelon will be deserted.
A mongrel people will occupy Ashdod,
    and I will put an end(B) to the pride of the Philistines.
I will take the blood from their mouths,
    the forbidden food from between their teeth.
Those who are left will belong to our God(C)
    and become a clan in Judah,
    and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.(D)

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