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Jeremiah 47:4

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47:4 For the time has come

to destroy all the Philistines.

The time has come to destroy all the help

that remains for Tyre 1  and Sidon. 2 

For I, the Lord, will 3  destroy the Philistines,

that remnant that came from the island of Crete. 4 

1 map For location see Map1 A2; Map2 G2; Map4 A1; JP3 F3; JP4 F3.

2 map For location see Map1 A1; JP3 F3; JP4 F3.

3 tn Heb “For the Lord will.” The first person style has been adopted because the Lord is speaking (cf. v. 2).

4 sn All the help that remains for Tyre and Sidon and that remnant that came from the island of Crete appear to be two qualifying phrases that refer to the Philistines, the last with regard to their origin and the first with regard to the fact that they were allies that Tyre and Sidon depended on. “Crete” is literally “Caphtor” which is generally identified with the island of Crete. The Philistines had come from there (Amos 9:7) in the wave of migration from the Aegean Islands during the twelfth and eleventh century and had settled on the Philistine plain after having been repulsed from trying to enter Egypt.



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