This is the message a from the LORD against the land of Aram b and the city of Damascus, for the eyes of all humanity, including the people of Israel, are on the LORD.
Doom is certain for Hamath, near Damascus, and for the cities of Tyre and Sidon, too, though they are so clever.
Tyre has built a strong fortress and has piled up so much silver and gold that it is as common as dust in the streets!
But now the Lord will strip away Tyre's possessions and hurl its fortifications into the Mediterranean Sea. c Tyre will be set on fire and burned to the ground.
The city of Ashkelon will see Tyre fall and will be filled with fear. Gaza will shake with terror, and so will Ekron, for their hopes will be dashed. Gaza will be conquered and its king killed, and Ashkelon will be completely deserted.
Foreigners will occupy the city of Ashdod. Thus, I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.
They will no longer eat meat with blood in it or feed on other forbidden foods. All the surviving Philistines will worship our God and be adopted as a new clan in Judah. d And the Philistines of Ekron will join my people, just as the Jebusites once did.
I will guard my Temple and protect it from invading armies. I am closely watching their movements. No foreign oppressor will ever again overrun my people's land.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)