"God, the Master, says: Because the Philistines were so spitefully vengeful - all those centuries of stored-up malice! - and did their best to destroy Judah,
therefore I, God, the Master, will oppose the Philistines and cut down the Cretans and anybody else left along the seacoast.
Huge acts of vengeance, massive punishments! When I bring vengeance, they'll realize that I am God."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)