1Thus saith the Lord against the Philistines;
2Behold, waters come up from the north, and shall become a sweeping torrent, and it shall sweep away the land, and its fullness; the city, and them that dwell in it: and men shall cry and all that dwell in the land shall howl,
3at the sound of his rushing, at the sound of his hoofs, and at the rattling of his chariots, at the noise of his wheels: the fathers turned not to their children because of the weakness of their hands,
4in the day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines: and I will utterly destroy Tyre and Sidon, and all the rest of their allies: for the Lord will destroy the remaining inhabitants of the islands.
5Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cast away, and the remnant of the Enakim.
6How long wilt thou smite, O sword of the Lord? how long will it be ere thou art quiet? return into thy sheath, rest, and be removed.
7How shall it be quiet, whereas the Lord has given it a commission against Ashkelon, and against the regions on the seacoast, to awake against the remaining countries!