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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 47

he 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.

 


David Burnette's Life Application


Our Enemies

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Jeremiah 47. In our text today we see the Philistines mentioned as a reoccurring enemy of the People of God. The Lord brings victory over their enemies but allows this thorn in their side to buffet them. In making application we see how we will always have enemies in our lives and how the Lord allows them as a thorn to help us showing us to depend on Him. Now the Lord could eliminate all of our enemies but instead the Lord uses these thorns in our lives to conform us into the likeness of Jesus-Christ. How about you? Do you have enemies? Let us learn from our text today to understand these enemies will always be with us thorns in our flesh will cause us to turn to Lord, seek Him, depend on Him, and in yielding our lives to Christ will allow the Lord to mature us and conform us into His likeness.

 

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Jeremiah 47

Jeremiah 47

 1The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.

 2Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.

 3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;

 4Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.

 5Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

 6O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.

 7How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.