1Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, “I’m going to my wife’s room.” But her father would not let him go in.2“I was so sure you hated her,” he said, “that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.”3Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.”4So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,5lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.6When the Philistines asked, “Who did this?” they were told, “Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.” So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.7Samson said to them, “Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.”8He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.9The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.10The people of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight us?” “We have come to take Samson prisoner,” they answered, “to do to him as he did to us.”11Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?” He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”12They said to him, “We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.” Samson said, “Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.”13“Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.14As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.15Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.16Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.”17When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.18Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?”19Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.20Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
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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)