Ashkelon1 will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted.
Foreigners will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off2 the pride of the Philistines.
I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God3 and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.48
But I will defend5 my house against marauding forces.6 Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.7