|Judges 15 |
1 But it came to pass awhile later, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson went to visit his wife with a kid; and he said, "I will go into to my wife in her chamber." But her father would not allow him to go in.
2 And he said to Samson, "I truly thought that you utterly hated her, therefore I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister fairer than she? Take her, I pray you, instead."
3 And Samson said concerning them, "This time I shall be blameless regarding the Philistines, even though I do them harm."
4 So Samson went out and caught three hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned the foxes tail to tail, and fastened a torch between each pair of tails.
5 And when he had set the torches on fire, he let them go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks and also the standing grain, along with the vineyards and olive groves.
6 Then the Philistines said, "Who has done this?" And they were told, "Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife and given her to his companion." And the Philistines went up and burned her and her father with fire.
7 So Samson said to them, "Since you have done this, I will surely take revenge on you, and after that I will cease."
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
9 Then the Philistines went up and encamped in Judah and spread out in Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" And they answered, "We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us."
11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so have I done to them."
12 Then they said to him, "We have come down to bind you, so that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not fall upon me yourselves."
13 And they said to him, "No, we will only bind you fast and deliver you into their hand; but surely we will not kill you." So they bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock.
14 Now when he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass and reached out his hand and took it and slew a thousand men with it.
16 Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of an ass have I slain a thousand men."
17 And it came to pass, when he had stopped speaking, that he cast the jawbone out of his hand; and called that place Ramathlehi.
18 Then he was very thirsty, and called to the LORD and said, "You have given this great deliverance into the hand of your servant, and now shall I die of thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?"
19 But God split open the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out of it. And when he had drank, his spirit returned and he revived. Therefore he called the name of it Enhakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.
20 And Samson judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
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