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 8 and Sidon. 9
For I, the Lord, will 10 destroy the Philistines,
that remnant that came from the island of Crete. 11
1 map For location see Map1-A2; Map2-G2; Map4-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
2 sn Tyre and Sidon are mentioned within the judgment on the Philistines in Jer 47:4. They were Phoenician cities to the north and west of Judah on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in what is now Lebanon.
map For location see Map1-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
3 sn The connection with Tyre and Sidon suggests that these were Phoenician colonies. See also Isa 23:2.
4 map For location see Map1-A2; Map2-G2; Map4-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
5 sn The nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon were east of Judah. They were sometimes allies and sometimes enemies. The nations of Tyre and Sidon were on the sea coast north and west of Judah. They are best known for their maritime trade during the reign of Solomon. They were more commonly allies of Israel and Judah than enemies.
map For the location of Sidon see Map1-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
6 tn Heb “send by means of them” [i.e., the straps and crossbars made into a yoke] to…through.” The text is broken up in conformity with contemporary English style. Many English versions ignore the suffix on the end of “send” and find some support for this on the basis of its absence in the Lucianic Greek text. However, it is probably functioning metonymically here for the message which they see symbolized before them and is now explained clearly to them.
7 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
8 map For location see Map1-A2; Map2-G2; Map4-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
9 map For location see Map1-A1; JP3-F3; JP4-F3.
10 tn Heb “For the
11 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.