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Jeremiah 25:20

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25:20 the foreigners living in Egypt; 1  all the kings of the land of Uz; 2  all the kings of the land of the Philistines, 3  the people of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, the people who had been left alive from Ashdod; 4 

1 tn The meaning of this term and its connection with the preceding is somewhat uncertain. This word is used of the mixture of foreign people who accompanied Israel out of Egypt (Exod 12:38) and of the foreigners that the Israelites were to separate out of their midst in the time of Nehemiah (Neh 13:3). Most commentators interpret it here of the foreign people who were living in Egypt. (See BDB 786 s.v. I עֶרֶב and KBL 733 s.v. II עֶרֶב.)

2 sn The land of Uz was Job’s homeland (Job 1:1). The exact location is unknown but its position here between Egypt and the Philistine cities suggests it is south of Judah, probably in the Arabian peninsula. Lam 4:21 suggests that it was near Edom.

3 sn See further Jer 47:1-7 for the judgment against the Philistines. The Philistine cities were west of Judah.

4 sn The Greek historian Herodotus reports that Ashdod had been destroyed under the Pharaoh who preceded Necho, Psammetichus.



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