For [a]Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon desolate: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

[Woe] unto the inhabitants of the sea [b]coast. the nation of the Cherethims, the word of the Lord is against you: O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee without an inhabitant.

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds and sheepfolds.

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  1. Zephaniah 2:4 He comforteth the faithful in that God would change his punishments from them unto the Philistines their enemies and other nations.
  2. Zephaniah 2:5 That is, Galilee: by these nations he meaneth the people that dwelt near to the Jews, and instead of friendship were their enemies: therefore he calleth them Canaanites whom the Lord appointed to be slain.