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Judgment on Philistia

Gaza and Ashkelon
will be deserted
    and left in ruins.
Ashdod will be emptied
in broad daylight,
    and Ekron[a] uprooted.
To you people of Philistia[b]
who live along the coast,
    the Lord has this to say:
“I am now your enemy,
    and I’ll wipe you out!”

Your seacoast will be changed
into pastureland
    and sheep pens.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 2.4 Gaza. . . Ekron: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath (not mentioned because it was already destroyed) were the five major Philistine towns.
  2. 2.5 people of Philistia: The Hebrew text also mentions “Canaan” and “Cherethites,” which are other ways of referring to the Philistines.
  3. 2.6 pens: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 6.