1Later on, Samson went to visit his wife. He took a young goat with him. He went at the time the wheat was being gathered. He said, “I'm going to my wife's room.” But her father wouldn't let him go in.2Her father said, “I was sure you really hated her. So I gave her to your friend. Isn't her younger sister more beautiful? Take her instead.”3Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines. I'm going to hurt them badly.”4So he went out and caught 300 foxes. He tied them in pairs by their tails. Then he tied a torch to each pair of tails.5He lit the torches. He let the foxes loose in the fields of grain that belonged to the Philistines. He burned up the grain that had been cut and stacked. He burned up the grain that was still growing. He also burned up the vineyards and olive trees.6The Philistines asked, “Who did this?” They were told, “Samson did. He's the son‑in‑law of the man from Timnah. Samson did it because his wife was given to his friend.” So the Philistines went up and burned the woman and her father to death.7Samson said to them, “Is that how you act? Then I won't stop until I pay you back.”8He struck them down with heavy blows. He killed many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave. It was in the rock of Etam.9The Philistines went up and camped in Judah. They spread out near Lehi.10The men of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight against us?” “We've come to take Samson as our prisoner,” they answered. “We want to do to him what he did to us.”11Then 3,000 men from Judah went to get Samson. They went down to the cave that was in the rock of Etam. They said to Samson, “Don't you realize the Philistines are ruling over us? What have you done to us?” Samson answered, “I only did to them what they did to me.”12The men of Judah said to him, “We've come to tie you up. We're going to hand you over to the Philistines.” Samson said, “Take an oath and promise me you won't kill me yourselves.”13“We agree,” they answered. “We'll only tie you up and hand you over to them. We won't kill you.” So they tied him up with two new ropes. They led him up from the rock.14Samson approached Lehi. The Philistines came toward him shouting. Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson with power. The ropes on his arms became like burned thread. They dropped off his hands.15He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey. He grabbed hold of it and struck down 1,000 men.16Then Samson said, “By using a donkey's jawbone I've made them look like donkeys. By using a donkey's jawbone I've struck down 1,000 men.”17Samson finished speaking. Then he threw the jawbone away. That's why the place was called Ramath Lehi.18Samson was very thirsty. So he cried out to the Lord. He said, “You have helped me win this great battle. Do I have to die of thirst now? Must I fall into the power of people who haven't even been circumcised? They aren't your people.”19Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi. Water came out of it. When Samson drank the water, his strength returned. He felt as good as new. So the spring was called En Hakkore. It's still there in Lehi.20Samson led Israel for 20 years. In those days the Philistines were in the land.
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Samson Defeats the Philistines
1After some days, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife with a young goat. And he said, “I will go in to my wife in the chamber.” But her father would not allow him to go in. (Ge 38:17)2And her father said, “I really thought that you utterly hated her, so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please take her instead.” (Jud 14:20; Jud 15:6)3And Samson said to them, “This time I shall be innocent in regard to the Philistines, when I do them harm.”4So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails.5And when he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines and set fire to the stacked grain and the standing grain, as well as the olive orchards.6Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?” And they said, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” And the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire. (Jud 14:15; Jud 15:2)7And Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will be avenged on you, and after that I will quit.”8And he struck them hip and thigh with a great blow, and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam. (Jud 15:11; Isa 2:21; Isa 57:5)9Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah and made a raid on Lehi. (Jud 15:14; Jud 15:17; Jud 15:19; 2Sa 5:18; 2Sa 5:22)10And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”11Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that 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 have I done to them.” (Jud 13:1; Jud 14:4)12And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.”13They said to him, “No; we will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock. (Jud 16:11)14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. (Jud 3:10; Jud 14:6; Jud 14:19; 1Sa 11:6)15And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men. (Le 26:8; Jos 23:10; Jud 3:31)16And Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey have I struck down a thousand men.”17As soon as he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone out of his hand. And that place was called Ramath-lehi. (Jud 15:9; Jud 15:14)18And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” (Ps 3:7)19And God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore the name of it was called En-hakkore; it is at Lehi to this day. (Ge 45:27; Jud 15:17)20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. (Jud 13:1)