Zephaniah 2:4

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon shall be a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Shall be, or "is. "The prophets often represent future things as past, to show the certainty of the event. The destruction of other cities by the Chaldeans, gave the Jews to understand what they had to expect, as all sin must be punished sooner or later. (Worthington) Psammetichus, and his son, Nachao, probably fell upon these cities. (Calmet) The former besieged Azotus for twenty-nine years. (Herodotus ii. 157.) Afterwards Nabuchodonosor reduced the country, beginning with the house of God, Jeremias xlvii. 4., and Ezechiel xxv. 15 (Calmet)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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