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Do it before it’s too late.
    Do it before you are blown away like chaff.
Do it before the Lord’s terrible anger reaches you.
    Do it before the day of the Lord’s anger comes to you.
All you who are not proud, come to the Lord.
    You who obey his laws, come to him.
Do what is right. Learn to be humble.
    Maybe you will escape
    on the day the Lord shows his anger.

Philistia Will Be Punished

No one will be left in the city of Gaza.
    The city of Ashkelon will be destroyed.
Ashdod will be empty by noon.
    And the people of Ekron will be chased away.

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before the decree takes effect
    and that day passes like windblown chaff,(A)
before the Lord’s fierce anger(B)
    comes upon you,
before the day of the Lord’s wrath(C)
    comes upon you.
Seek(D) the Lord, all you humble of the land,
    you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness,(E) seek humility;(F)
    perhaps you will be sheltered(G)
    on the day of the Lord’s anger.


Gaza(H) will be abandoned
    and Ashkelon(I) left in ruins.
At midday Ashdod will be emptied
    and Ekron uprooted.

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