47 Before the king of Egypt attacked the town of Gaza,[a] the Lord told me to say to the Philistines:
2 I, the Lord, tell you that your land will be flooded with an army from the north. It will destroy your towns and sweep you away, moaning and screaming. 3 When you hear the thunder of horses and chariots, your courage will vanish, and parents will abandon their own children.
4 You refugees from Crete,[b] your time has now come, and I will destroy you. None of you will be left to help the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 5 The Anakim who survive[c] in Gaza and Ashkelon will mourn for you by shaving their heads and sitting in silence. 6 You ask how long will I continue to attack you with my sword, then you tell me to put it away and leave you alone. 7 But how can my sword rest, when I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast?
47.1attacked the town of Gaza: One of the major Philistine towns; nothing is known about this attack.
47.4Crete: Hebrew “Caphtor,” another name for Crete, the original homeland of the ancestor of the Philistines.
47.5Anakim who survive: One ancient translation; Hebrew “people in the valley who survive.” The Anakim may have been a group of very large people that lived in Palestine before the Israelites (see Numbers 13.33; Deuteronomy 2.10,11,20,21; and Joshua 11.21,22).
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