Prophecies against the Philistines

47 This is the word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah about the Philistines(A) before Pharaoh defeated Gaza.(B) This is what the Lord says:

Look, water is rising from the north(C)
and becoming an overflowing wadi.
It will overflow the land and everything in it,(D)
the cities and their inhabitants.
The people will cry out,
and every inhabitant of the land will wail.
At the sound of the stomping hooves of his stallions,(E)
the rumbling of his chariots,
and the clatter of their wheels,(F)
fathers will not turn back for their sons.
They will be utterly helpless[a]
on account of the day that is coming
to destroy all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
every remaining ally.(G)
Indeed, the Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,
the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.[b](H)
Baldness(I) is coming to Gaza;
Ashkelon will become silent.(J)
Remnant of their valley,
how long will you gash yourself?
Oh, sword of the Lord!(K)
How long will you be restless?
Go back to your sheath;
be still; be silent!
How can it[c] rest
when the Lord has given it a command?(L)
He has assigned it(M)
against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.

Prophecies against Moab

48 About Moab,(N) this is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says:

Woe to Nebo,(O) because it is about to be destroyed;
Kiriathaim will be put to shame;(P) it will be taken captive.
The fortress will be put to shame and dismayed!
There is no longer praise for Moab;
they plan harm against her in Heshbon:(Q)
Come, let’s cut her off from nationhood.
Also, Madmen, you will be silenced;
the sword will follow(R) you.
A voice cries out from Horonaim,(S)
“devastation and a crushing blow!” (T)
Moab will be shattered;
her little ones will cry out.
For on the Ascent to Luhith
they will be weeping continually,[d]
and on the descent to Horonaim
will be heard cries of distress over the destruction:(U)
Flee! Save your lives!(V)
Be like a juniper bush[e](W) in the wilderness.
Because you trust in your works and treasures,
you will be captured also.
Chemosh(X) will go into exile
with his priests and officials.(Y)
The destroyer(Z) will move against every town;
not one town will escape.
The valley will perish,
and the plain will be annihilated,(AA)
as the Lord has said.
Make Moab a salt marsh,[f](AB)
for she will run away;[g]
her towns will become a desolation,
without inhabitant.(AC)
10 The one who does
the Lord’s business deceitfully[h] is cursed,(AD)
and the one who withholds
his sword from bloodshed is cursed.
11 Moab has been left quiet since his youth,
settled like wine on its dregs.(AE)
He hasn’t been poured from one container to another
or gone into exile.
So his taste has remained the same,
and his aroma hasn’t changed.
12 Therefore look, the days are coming(AF)
this is the Lord’s declaration—
when I will send pourers to him, who will pour him out.
They will empty his containers
and smash his jars.
13 Moab will be put to shame because of Chemosh,
just as the house of Israel was put to shame
because of Bethel(AG) that they trusted in.
14 How can you say, “We are warriors—
valiant men for battle”?
15 The destroyer of Moab and its towns
has come up,[i]
and the best of its young men
have gone down to slaughter.
This is the King’s declaration;
the Lord of Armies is his name.(AH)
16 Moab’s calamity is near at hand;
his disaster is rushing swiftly.
17 Mourn for him, all you surrounding nations,
everyone who knows his name.
Say, “How the mighty scepter(AI) is shattered,
the glorious staff!”
18 Come down from glory; sit on parched ground,
resident of the daughter of Dibon,(AJ)
for the destroyer of Moab has come against you;
he has destroyed your fortresses.
19 Stand by the highway and watch,
resident of Aroer!(AK)
Ask him who is fleeing or her who is escaping,(AL)
“What happened?”
20 Moab is put to shame, indeed dismayed.
Wail and cry out!(AM)
Declare by the Arnon
that Moab is destroyed.

21 “Judgment has come to the land of the plateau(AN)—to Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath, 22 Dibon, Nebo, Beth-diblathaim, 23 Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul, Beth-meon,(AO) 24 Kerioth,(AP) Bozrah, and all the towns of the land of Moab, those far and near. 25 Moab’s horn is chopped off;(AQ) his arm is shattered.”(AR)

This is the Lord’s declaration.

26 “Make him drunk, because he has exalted himself against the Lord.(AS) Moab will wallow in his own vomit, and he will also become a laughingstock. 27 Wasn’t Israel a laughingstock to you?(AT) Was he ever found among thieves?(AU) For whenever you speak of him you shake your head.”(AV)

28 Abandon the towns! Live in the cliffs,
residents of Moab!
Be like a dove
that nests inside the mouth of a cave.(AW)

29 We have heard of Moab’s pride,
great pride, indeed—
his insolence, arrogance, pride,
and haughty heart.
30 I know his outburst.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
It is empty.
His boast is empty.
31 Therefore, I will wail over Moab.
I will cry out for Moab, all of it;
he will moan for the men of Kir-heres.
32 I will weep for you, vine of Sibmah,
with more than the weeping for Jazer.
Your tendrils have extended to the sea;
they have reached to the sea and to Jazer.[j]
The destroyer has fallen on your summer fruit and grape harvest.
33 Gladness and celebration are taken from the fertile field
and from the land of Moab.
I have stopped the flow of wine from the winepresses;
no one will tread with shouts of joy.
The shouting is not a shout of joy.(AX)

34 “There is a cry from Heshbon to Elealeh; they make their voices heard as far as Jahaz(AY)—from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah—because even the Waters of Nimrim have become desolate. 35 In Moab, I will stop”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“the one who offers sacrifices on the high place and burns incense to his gods.(AZ) 36 Therefore, my heart moans like flutes for Moab,(BA) and my heart moans like flutes for the people of Kir-heres. And therefore, the wealth he has gained has perished. 37 Indeed, every head is bald and every beard is chopped short.(BB) On every hand is a gash(BC) and sackcloth(BD) around the waist. 38 On all the rooftops of Moab and in her public squares, everyone is mourning because I have shattered Moab like a jar no one wants.”(BE) This is the Lord’s declaration. 39 “How broken it is! They wail! How Moab has turned his back! He is ashamed. Moab will become a laughingstock and a shock to all those around him.”(BF)

40 For this is what the Lord says:

Look! He will swoop down like an eagle
and spread his wings against Moab.(BG)
41 The towns have[k] been captured,
and the strongholds seized.
In that day the heart of Moab’s warriors
will be like the heart of a woman with contractions.(BH)
42 Moab will be destroyed as a people
because he has exalted himself against the Lord.(BI)
43 Panic,(BJ) pit, and trap
await you, resident of Moab.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
44 He who flees from the panic will fall in the pit,
and he who climbs from the pit
will be captured in the trap,
for I will bring against Moab
the year of their punishment.(BK)
This is the Lord’s declaration.(BL)

45 Those who flee will stand exhausted in Heshbon’s shadow
because fire has come out from Heshbon
and a flame from within Sihon.
It will devour Moab’s forehead
and the skull of the noisemakers.
46 Woe to you, Moab!
The people of Chemosh have perished
because your sons have been taken captive
and your daughters have gone into captivity.(BM)
47 Yet, I will restore the fortunes[l] of Moab in the last days.(BN)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
The judgment on Moab ends here.


  1. 47:3 Lit Because of weakened hands
  2. 47:4 Probably Crete
  3. 47:7 LXX, Vg; MT reads you
  4. 48:5 Lit Luhith, weeping goes up with weeping
  5. 48:6 Or like Aroer; Is 17:2; Jr 48:19
  6. 48:9 LXX reads a sign; Vg reads a flower; Syr, Tg read a crown
  7. 48:9 Hb obscure
  8. 48:10 Or negligently
  9. 48:15 Or Moab is destroyed; he has come up against its cities
  10. 48:32 Some Hb mss read reached as far as Jazer
  11. 48:41 Or Kerioth has
  12. 48:47 Or will end the captivity

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