·The people from the city of Gaza will be sad and shave their heads [L Baldness will come to Gaza]. The people from the city of Ashkelon will be made silent. ·Those left alive [Remnant] from the valley, how long will you ·cut [gash] yourselves [C a mourning ritual]?
God’s Message to the prophet Jeremiah regarding the Philistines just before Pharaoh attacked Gaza. This is what God says: “Look out! Water will rise in the north country, swelling like a river in flood. The torrent will flood the land, washing away city and citizen. Men and women will scream in terror, wails from every door and window, As the thunder from the hooves of the horses will be heard, the clatter of chariots, the banging of wheels. Fathers, paralyzed by fear, won’t even grab up their babies Because it will be doomsday for Philistines, one and all, no hope of help for Tyre and Sidon. God will finish off the Philistines, what’s left of those from the island of Crete. Gaza will be shaved bald as an egg, Ashkelon struck dumb as a post. You’re on your last legs. How long will you keep flailing?
Baldness came on Gaza; Ashkelon was still, and the remnants of the valley of them. How long shalt thou fall down, (Baldness came upon Gaza, Ashkelon was silent, along with the remnants of their valley; how long shalt thou fall down?)
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