For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to cut off all survivors who could help Tyre1 and Sidon.2 The LORD is about to destroy the Philistines,3 the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.a45
Gaza will shave5 her head in mourning; Ashkelon6 will be silenced. O remnant on the plain, how long will you cut7 yourselves?
" 'Ah, sword8 of the LORD,' [ you cry,] 'how long till you rest? Return to your scabbard; cease and be still.'97
But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, when he has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"10