Jeremiah 47:7
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New International Version
But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, when he has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"

New Living Translation
"But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed."

English Standard Version
How can it be quiet when the LORD has given it a charge? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.”

Berean Study Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has commanded it? He has appointed it against Ashkelon and the shore of its coastland.”

New American Standard Bible
"How can it be quiet, When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the seacoast-- There He has assigned it."

King James Bible
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

Christian Standard Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has given it a command? He has assigned it against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.

Contemporary English Version
But how can my sword rest, when I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast?

Good News Translation
But how can it rest, when I have given it work to do? I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the people who live on the coast."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has given it a command? He has assigned it against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.

International Standard Version
How can it be quiet, when the LORD has ordered disaster to come to Ashkelon and the seashore? That's where he has assigned it."

NET Bible
But how can it rest when I, the LORD, have given it orders? I have ordered it to attack the people of Ashkelon and the seacoast.

New Heart English Bible
How can it be quiet, since the LORD has given you a command? Against Ashkelon, and against the seashore, there has he appointed it.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can the sword of the LORD rest? The LORD has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast. He has put it there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How canst thou be quiet? For the LORD hath given it a charge; Against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore, There hath He appointed it.

New American Standard 1977
“How can it be quiet, When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the seacoast— There He has assigned it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon and against the sea shore? there has he appointed it.

King James 2000 Bible
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the seashore? there has he appointed it.

American King James Version
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there has he appointed it.

American Standard Version
How canst thou be quiet, seeing Jehovah hath given thee a charge? Against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore, there hath he appointed it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How shall it be quiet, when the Lord hath given it a charge against Ascalon, and against the countries thereof by the sea side, and there hath made an appointment for it?

Darby Bible Translation
How shouldest thou be quiet? -- For Jehovah hath given it a charge: against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore, there hath he appointed it.

English Revised Version
How canst thou be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given thee a charge? against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore, there hath he appointed it.

Webster's Bible Translation
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

World English Bible
How can you be quiet, since Yahweh has given you a command? Against Ashkelon, and against the seashore, there has he appointed it.

Young's Literal Translation
How shall it be quiet, And Jehovah hath given a charge to it, Against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? There hath He appointed it!'
Study Bible
The Judgment on the Philistines
6‘Alas, O sword of the LORD, how long until you rest? Return to your sheath; cease and be still!’ 7How can it rest when the LORD has commanded it? He has appointed it against Ashkelon and the shore of its coastland .”
Cross References
Isaiah 10:6
I will send him against a godless nation; I will dispatch him against a people destined for My rage, to take spoils and seize plunder, and to trample them down like clay in the streets.

Jeremiah 48:10
Cursed be the one who is negligent in doing the work of the LORD, and cursed is he who withholds his sword from bloodshed.

Ezekiel 14:17
Or if I bring a sword against that land and say, 'Let a sword pass through it,' so that I cut off from it both man and beast,

Ezekiel 21:30
Return the sword to its sheath! In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you.

Micah 6:9
The voice of the LORD calls out to the city--and it is sound wisdom to fear Your name--"Heed the rod and the One who ordained it.

Treasury of Scripture

How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there has he appointed it.

can it [heb] canst not
the Lord

1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, …

Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people …

Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty …

Isaiah 37:26 Have you not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, …

Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Ezekiel 14:17 Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, Sword, go through the …

Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? …

the sea

Ezekiel 25:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out my hand …

Zephaniah 2:6,7 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, …

hath he

Micah 6:9 The LORD's voice cries to the city, and the man of wisdom shall see …







(7) Against the sea shore.--In the "sea shore," as in Ezekiel 25:16, we have the term specially appropriate to the territory of the Philistines.

Verse 7. - The seashore. So Ezekiel speaks of "the remnant of the seashore" (Ezekiel 25:16), referring to Philistia.



How can it be quiet,.... There is no reason to believe it will, nor can it be expected that it should; to stop it is impossible, and to request that it might be stopped is in vain:

seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the seashore? for it had a commission from the Lord to destroy the inhabitants of Ashkelon, and other places, which lay still more towards the sea, as Joppa and Jamne; and indeed all Palestine lay on the coast of the Mediterranean sea:

there hath he appointed it; by an irreversible decree of his, in righteousness to punish the inhabitants of these places for their sins. 7. Jeremiah, from addressing the sword in the second person, turns to his hearers and speaks of it in the third person.

Lord … given it a charge—(Eze 14:17).

the sea-shore—the strip of land between the mountains and Mediterranean, held by the Philistines: "their valley" (see on [976]Jer 47:5).

there hath he appointed it—(Mic 6:9). There hath He ordered it to rage. 47:1-7 The calamities of the Philistines. - The Philistines had always been enemies to Israel; but the Chaldean army shall overflow their land like a deluge. Those whom God will spoil, must be spoiled. For when the Lord intends to destroy the wicked, he will cut off every helper. So deplorable are the desolations of war, that the blessings of peace are most desirable. But we must submit to His appointments who ordains all in perfect wisdom and justice.
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