NASB — Judges 15 — KJV

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.

[1] aGn 38:17
[2] ILit better IILit instead of her aJg 14:20
[5] ILit them
[6] II.e. the Timnite aJg 14:15
[8] 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.

[11] aLv 26:25; Dt 28:43f; Jg 13:1; 14:4; Ps 106:40-42
[12] ILit fall upon me yourselves
[13] 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,
  “With the jawbone of a donkey,
  IHeaps upon heaps,
  With the jawbone of a donkey
  I have IIkilled a thousand men.”
17 When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place IRamath-lehi. 18 Then he became very thirsty, and he acalled to the LORD and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, and now Ishall I die of thirst IIand fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, ahis Istrength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it IIEn-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day. 20 So ahe judged Israel twenty years in bthe days of the Philistines.

[14] ILit rushed upon IILit were melted aJg 14:19; 1S 11:6
[15] ILit stretched out his hand IILit smote aLv 26:8; Jsh 23:10
[16] ILit Heap, two heaps; Heb is same root as donkey IILit smitten
[17] II.e. the high place of the jawbone
[18] IOr I shall...uncircumcised IIOr or aJg 16:28
[19] ILit spirit III.e. the spring of him who called aIs 40:29
[20] aJg 16:31; He 11:32 bJg 13:1

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Samson is denied his wife.

1 ¶ But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: [is] not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.

[1] Gn 6:4; 29:21; 38:17; Lk 15:29.
[2] Gn 38:14; Jg 14:16, 20; Ac 26:9.

He burneth the Philistines' corn with foxes and firebrands.

3 ¶ And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. 4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. 5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let [them] go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards [and] olives.

[3] Jg 14:15.
[4] Ru 2:15; 1K 20:10; Ps 63:10; So 2:15; Is 40:12; Lm 5:18; Ezk 13:9.
[5] Ex 22:6; 2S 14:30.

His wife and her father are burnt by the Philistines.

6 ¶ Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.

[6] Jg 12:1; 14:15; Pv 22:8; 1Th 4:6.

Samson smiteth them hip and thigh.

7 ¶ And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of 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 top of the rock Etam.

[7] Jg 14:4, 19; Ro 12:19.
[8] Is 25:10; 63:3, 6.

He is bound by the men of Judah and delivered to the Philistines.

9 ¶ Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. 10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. 11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines [are] rulers over us? what [is] this [that] thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. 13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

[9] Jg 15:17, 19.
[11] Dt 28:13, 47; Jg 13:1; 14:4; 1Ch 4:32; Ps 106:41.
[12] Jg 8:21; 1K 2:25, 34; Mt 27:2; Ac 7:25.

He killeth them with a jawbone.

14 ¶ [And] when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that [were] upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. 15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. 17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

[14] 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.
[15] Lv 26:8; Jsh 23:10; Jg 3:31; 4:21; 7:16; 1S 14:6, 14; 17:49; 1Co 1:27.
[16] Jg 15:16.
[17] Jg 15:17.

God maketh the fountain En-hakkore for him in Lehi.

18 ¶ And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? 19 But God clave an hollow place that [was] in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which [is] in Lehi unto this day. 20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

[18] 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.
[19] 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.
[20] Jg 13:1, 5; 16:31.

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