Philistia learned that it could not fight the Lord

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.07.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 47.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 46–48 on November 7, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Long the enemy of Israel, Philistia managed to stay in the land for a long time. Although Philistia had reasons to boast on a human level, as in Goliath, yet, it had nothing against the Lord, and like any other rebellious nation, they would meet their end,

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza. Thus says the LORD:

“Behold, waters rise out of the north,
And shall be an overflowing flood;
They shall overflow the land and all that is in it,
The city and those who dwell within;
Then the men shall cry,
And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.
At the noise of the stamping hooves of his strong horses,
At the rushing of his chariots,
At the rumbling of his wheels,
The fathers will not look back for their children,
Lacking courage,
Because of the day that comes to plunder all the Philistines,
To cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains;
For the LORD shall plunder the Philistines,
The remnant of the country of Caphtor.
Baldness has come upon Gaza,
Ashkelon is cut off
With the remnant of their valley.
How long will you cut yourself?”
(Jeremiah 47.1–5) 

The Lord made an end of them. Notice that when you read the New Testament, the Philistines are gone, although they had lived close by.


  • Is any nation able to escape the Judgment of the Lord?
  • What can you do to help your nation not rebel against the Lord?

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