What the LORD Says about the Philistines 47 1 Before the king of Egypt attacked the town of Gaza,[X] the LORD told me to say to the Philistines:   2I, the LORD, tell you that your land will be flooded with an army from the north. It will destroy your towns and sweep you away, moaning and screaming. 3When you hear the thunder of horses and chariots, your courage will vanish, and parents will even abandon their own children.   4You refugees from Crete,[Y] your time has now come, and I will destroy you. None of you will be left to help the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 5The Anakim who survive[Z] in Gaza and Ashkelon will mourn for you by shaving their heads and sitting in silence. 6You ask how long will I continue to attack you with my sword, then you tell me to put it away and leave you alone. 7But how can my sword rest, when I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast?
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