1 The words of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the Prophet, against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote [a]Gaza.
2 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, waters rise up out of the [b]North, and shall be as a swelling flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein, and the cities with them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl,
3 At the noise and stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the noise of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels: [c]the fathers shall not look back to their children, for feebleness of [d]hands,
4 Because of the day that cometh to destroy all the Philistines, and to destroy Tyre, and Sidon, and all the rest that take their part: for the Lord will destroy the Philistines, the remnant of the isle of [e]Caphtor.
5 [f]Baldness is come upon Gaza: Ashkelon is cut up with the rest of their valleys. How long wilt [g]thou cut thyself?
6 O thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be or thou cease! turn again into thy scabbard, rest and be still.
7 How can it [h]cease, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea bank? even there hath he appointed it.