Samson Defeats the Philistines
1After a while, in the time of wheat harvest, it happened that Samson visited his wife with a #Gen. 38:17young goat. And he said, “Let me go in to my wife, into her room.” But her father would not permit him to go in.
2Her father said, “I really thought that you thoroughly #Judg. 14:20hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Please, take her instead.”
3And Samson said to them, “This time I shall be blameless regarding the Philistines if I harm them!” 4Then Samson went and caught three hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails. 5When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.
6Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?”
And they answered, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” #Judg. 14:15So the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire.
7Samson said to them, “Since you would do a thing like this, I will surely take revenge on you, and after that I will cease.” 8So he attacked them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; then he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of #2 Chr. 11:6Etam.
9Now the Philistines went up, encamped in Judah, and deployed themselves #Judg. 15:19against Lehi. 10And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?”
So they answered, “We have come up to arrest Samson, to do to him as he has done to us.”
11Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines #Lev. 26:25; Deut. 28:43; Judg. 13:1; 14:4; Ps. 106:40–42rule over us? What is this you have done to us?”
And he said to them, “As they did to me, so I have done to them.”
12But they said to him, “We have come down to arrest you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines.”
Then Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not kill me yourselves.”
13So they spoke to him, saying, “No, but we will tie you securely and deliver you into their hand; but we will surely not kill you.” And they bound him with two #Judg. 16:11, 12new ropes and brought him up from the rock.
14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then #Judg. 3:10; 14:6the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and #Lev. 26:8; Josh. 23:10; Judg. 3:31killed a thousand men with it. 16Then Samson said:
“With the jawbone of a donkey,
Heaps upon heaps,
With the jawbone of a donkey
I have slain a thousand men!”
17And so it was, when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi.
18Then he became very thirsty; so he cried out to the Lord and said, #Ps. 3:7“You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?” 19So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and #Gen. 45:27; Is. 40:29his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day. 20And #Judg. 10:2; 12:7–14he judged Israel #Judg. 16:31twenty years #Judg. 13:1in the days of the Philistines.