Samson Burns Philistine Crops
1 But after° a while°, in the time° of wheat° harvest°, Samson° visited° his wife° awith a young° goat°, and said°, “I will go° in to my wife° in [her] room°.” But her father° did not let° him enter°. 2 Her father° said°, “I really° thought° that you hated° her intensely°; so I agave° her to your companion°. Is not her younger° sister° Imore°° beautiful° than° she? Please° let her be yours IIinstead°.” 3 Samson° then said° to them, “This° time° I shall be blameless° in regard° to the Philistines° when° I do° them harm°.” 4 Samson° went° and caught° three° hundred° foxes°, and took° torches°, and turned° [the foxes] tail° to tail° and put° one° torch° in the middle° between° two° tails°. 5 When he had set° fire° to the torches°, he released° Ithe foxes into the standing° grain° of the Philistines°, thus burning° up both° the shocks° and the standing° grain°, along° with the vineyards° [and] groves°. 6 Then the Philistines° said°, “Who° did° this°?” And they said°, “Samson°, the son-in-law° of the Timnite°, because° Ihe took° his wife° and gave° her to his companion°.” So the Philistines° came° up and aburned° her and her father° with fire°. 7 Samson° said° to them, “Since° you act° like this°, I will surely°° take° revenge° on you, but after° that I will quit°.” 8 He struck° them Iruthlessly°°° with a great° slaughter°; and he went° down° and lived° in the cleft° of the rock° of Etam°.
 aGn 38:17
 ILit better IILit instead of her aJg 14:20
 ILit them
 II.e. the Timnite aJg 14:15
 ILit leg on thigh
9 ¶ Then the Philistines° went° up and camped° in Judah°, and spread° out in Lehi°. 10 The men° of Judah° said°, “Why° have you come° up against° us?” And they said°, “We have come° up to bind° Samson° in order to do° to him as he did° to us.” 11 Then 3,000°° men° of Judah° went° down° to the cleft° of the rock° of Etam° and said° to Samson°, “Do you not know° athat the Philistines° are rulers° over us? What° then is this° that you have done° to us?” And he said° to them, “As they did° to me, so° I have done° to them.” 12 They said° to him, “We have come° down° to bind° you so that we may give° you into the hands° of the Philistines°.” And Samson° said° to them, “Swear° to me that you will not Ikill° me.” 13 So they said° to Ihim, “No°, but we will bind° you fast° and give° you into their hands°; yet surely° we will not kill° you.” Then they bound° him with two° new° ropes° and brought° him up from the rock°.
 aLv 26:25; Dt 28:43f; Jg 13:1; 14:4; Ps 106:40-42
 ILit fall upon me yourselves
 ILit him, saying
14 ¶ When he came° to Lehi°, the Philistines° shouted° as they met° him. And athe Spirit° of the LORD° Icame° upon him mightily° so that the ropes° that were on his arms° were as flax° that is burned° with fire°, and his bonds° IIdropped° from his hands°.
15 He found° a fresh° jawbone° of a donkey°, so he Ireached°° out and took° it and IIkilled° aa thousand° men° with it.
16 Then Samson° said°,
 ILit rushed upon IILit were melted aJg 14:19; 1S 11:6
 ILit stretched out his hand IILit smote aLv 26:8; Jsh 23:10
 ILit Heap, two heaps; Heb is same root as donkey IILit smitten
 II.e. the high place of the jawbone
 IOr I shall...uncircumcised IIOr or aJg 16:28
 ILit spirit III.e. the spring of him who called aIs 40:29
 aJg 16:31; He 11:32 bJg 13:1
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Samson is denied his wife.
1 ¶ But it came to pass² within a while²² after,¹ in the timeº of wheatº harvest,º that Samsonº visitedºª² his wifeº with a kid;ºº and he said,ºª I will go inºª to² my wifeº into the chamber.º But her fatherº would not² sufferºª him to go in.ºª 2 And her fatherº said,ºª I verily¹ª thoughtºª that² thou hadst utterly¹ª hatedºª her; therefore I gaveºª her to thy companion:º [is] not² her youngerº sisterº fairerº than² she? take² her, I pray thee,² instead² of her.
He burneth the Philistines' corn with foxes and firebrands.
3 ¶ And Samsonº saidºª concerning them, Nowº shall I be more blamelessºª than the Philistines,º² though² I² doºª² them a displeasure.º 4 And Samsonº went¹ª² and caughtºª threeº hundredº foxes,º and tookºª firebrands,º and turnedºª tailº to² tail,º and putºª aº firebrandº in the midstº between² twoº tails.º 5 And when he had setºª the brandsº on fire,º he let [them] goºª into the standing cornº of the Philistines,º and burnt upºª both the shocks,º² and also² the standing corn,º with² the vineyardsº [and] olives.º
 Jg 14:15.
 Ru 2:15; 1K 20:10; Ps 63:10; So 2:15; Is 40:12; Lm 5:18; Ezk 13:9.
 Ex 22:6; 2S 14:30.
His wife and her father are burnt by the Philistines.
6 ¶ Then the Philistinesº said,ºª Who² hath doneºª this?² And they answered,ºª Samson,º the son in lawº of the Timnite,º because² he had takenºª² his wife,º and givenºª her to his companion.º And the Philistinesº came up,ºª and burntºª her and her fatherº with fire.º
Samson smiteth them hip and thigh.
7 ¶ And Samsonº saidºª unto them, Thoughº ye have doneºª this,º yet²² will I be avengedºª of you, and after¹ that² I will cease.ºª 8 And he smoteºª them hipº andº thighº with a greatº slaughter:º and he went downºª and dweltºª in the topº of the rockº Etam.º
He is bound by the men of Judah and delivered to the Philistines.
9 ¶ Then the Philistinesº went up,ºª and pitchedºª in Judah,º and spread¹ª themselves² in Lehi.º 10 And the menº of Judahº said,ºª Why² are ye come upºª against² us? And they answered,ºª To bindºª² Samsonº are we come up,ºª to doºª to him as² he hath doneºª to us. 11 Then threeº thousandº menº of Judahº² wentºª to² the topº of the rockº Etam,º and saidºª to Samson,º Knowestºª thou not² that² the Philistinesº [are] rulersºª over us? what² [is] this² [that] thou hast doneºª unto us? And he saidºª unto them, As² they didºª unto me, so² have I doneºª unto them. 12 And they saidºª unto him, We are come downºª to bindºª thee, that we may deliverºª thee into the handº of the Philistines.º And Samsonº saidºª unto them, Swearºª unto me, that² ye will not fall² upon¹ª me yourselves.² 13 And they spakeºª unto him, saying,ºª No;² but² we will bind¹ª thee fast,ºª and deliverºª thee into their hand:º but surely¹ª we will not killºª² thee. And they boundºª him with twoº newº cords,º and brought him upºª from² the rock.º
 Jg 15:17, 19.
 Dt 28:13, 47; Jg 13:1; 14:4; 1Ch 4:32; Ps 106:41.
 Jg 8:21; 1K 2:25, 34; Mt 27:2; Ac 7:25.
He killeth them with a jawbone.
14 ¶ [And] when he² cameºª unto² Lehi,º the Philistinesº shoutedºª againstºª him: and the Spiritº of the LORDº came mightilyºª upon² him, and the cordsº that² [were] upon² his armsº became² as flaxº that² was burntºª with fire,º and his bandsº loosedºª from off²² his hands.º 15 And he foundºª a newº jawboneº of an ass,º and put forthºª his hand,º and tookºª it, and slewºª a thousandº menº therewith. 16 And Samsonº said,ºª With the jawboneº of an ass,º heaps¹ upon heaps,º with the jawº of an assº have I slainºª a thousandº men.º 17 And it came to pass,² when he had made an endºª of speaking,ºª that he cast awayºª the jawboneº out of his hand,º² and calledºª that² placeº Ramathlehi.º
 Ex 14:3, 5; Jg 3:10; 5:30; 14:6, 19; 16:9, 12, 24; 1S 4:5; 17:35; Jb 20:5; Ps 18:34; 118:11; Mi 7:8; Zc 4:6; Php 4:3.
 Lv 26:8; Jsh 23:10; Jg 3:31; 4:21; 7:16; 1S 14:6, 14; 17:49; 1Co 1:27.
 Jg 15:16.
 Jg 15:17.
God maketh the fountain En-hakkore for him in Lehi.
18 ¶ And he was sore¹ athirst,ºª² and calledºª on² the LORD,º and said,ºª Thou² hast givenºª² this² greatº deliveranceº into the handº of thy servant:º and now² shall I dieºª for thirst,º and fallºª into the handº of the uncircumcised?º 19 But Godº claveºª² an hollow placeº that² [was] in the jaw,º and there cameºª waterº thereout;² and when he had drunk,ºª his spiritº came again,ºª and he revived:ºª wherefore²² he calledºª the nameº thereof Enhakkore,º which² [is] in Lehiº unto² this² day.º 20 And he judgedºª² Israelº in the daysº of the Philistinesº twentyº years.º
 Gn 12:12; 20:11; 32:31; Jg 8:4; 1S 17:26, 36; 27:1; 2S 1:20; Ps 3:7; 18:31; 22:14; Jn 19:28; 2Co 1:8; 4:8; 12:7; He 11:32.
 Gn 16:13; 22:14; 28:19; 30:30; 45:27; Ex 17:15; 1S 30:12; Ps 34:6; 120:1; Is 40:26; 41:17; 44:3.
 Jg 13:1, 5; 16:31.
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