This is what the LORD says: "A flood is coming from the north to overflow the land. It will destroy the land and everything in it -- cities and people alike. People will scream in terror, and everyone in the land will weep.
Hear the clatter of hooves and the rumble of wheels as the chariots rush by. Terrified fathers run madly, without a backward glance at their helpless children.
"The time has come for the Philistines to be destroyed, along with their allies from Tyre and Sidon. Yes, the LORD is destroying the Philistines, those colonists from Crete. a5
The city of Gaza will be demolished; Ashkelon will lie in ruins. You remnant of the Mediterranean plain, b how long will you lament and mourn?
"Now, O sword of the LORD, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your sheath; rest and be still!
But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on an errand? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed."
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)