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A Prophecy Against the Philistines
28 This prophecy(A) came in the year(B) King Ahaz(C) died:
29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,(D)
that the rod that struck you is broken;
from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,(E)
its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.(F)
30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture,
and the needy(G) will lie down in safety.(H)
But your root I will destroy by famine;(I)
it will slay(J) your survivors.(K)
31 Wail,(L) you gate!(M) Howl, you city!
Melt away, all you Philistines!(N)
A cloud of smoke comes from the north,(O)
and there is not a straggler in its ranks.(P)
32 What answer shall be given
to the envoys(Q) of that nation?
“The Lord has established Zion,(R)
and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.(S)”
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