We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Select Bible Use this Lookup to open a specific Bible and passage. Start here to select a Bible.
Make selected Bible the default for Lookup tool.
Book: Ch.V. Select book from A-Z list, enter chapter and verse number, and click "Go."
:
OR
  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result

Judges: Chapter 15

Previous
Jump to: Select book from A-Z list, enter chapter and verse number, and click "Go."
Next
Text view alone

1After a while, at the time of the wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife, bringing along a kid. He said, “I want to go into my wife's room.” But her father would not allow him to go in. 2Her father said, “I was sure that you had rejected her; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister prettier than she? Why not take her instead?” 3Samson said to them, “This time, when I do mischief to the Philistines, I will be without blame.” 4So Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took some torches; and he turned the foxes a That is The Hill of the Jawbone tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails. 5When he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and b That is The Spring of the One who Called olive groves. 6Then the Philistines asked, “Who has done this?” And they said, “Samson, the son‐in‐law of the Timnite, because he has taken Samson‐s wife and given her to his companion.” So the Philistines came up, and burned her and her father. 7Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will not stop until I have taken revenge on you.” 8He struck them down hip and thigh with great slaughter; and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

9Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah, and made a raid on Lehi. 10The 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 three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and they said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then have you done to us?” He replied, “As they did to me, so I have done to them.” 12They said to him, “We have come down to bind you, so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” Samson answered them, “Swear to me that you yourselves will not attack me.” 13They said to him, “No, we will only bind you and give you into their hands; we will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock.

14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him; and the spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. 15Then he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached down and took it, and with it he killed a thousand men. 16And Samson said,

“With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men.”

17When he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and that place was called Ramath‐lehi. c Gk: Heb lacks were told

18By then he was very thirsty, and he called on the LORD, saying, “You have granted this great victory by the hand of your servant. Am I now to die of thirst, and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19So God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came from it. When he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore it was named En‐hakkore, d Compare Gk: in verses 13–14, Heb lacks and make it tight … into the web which is at Lehi to this day. 20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Notes:

c That is The Hill of the Jawbone

d That is The Spring of the One who Called

a Gk: Heb lacks were told

b Compare Gk: in verses 13–14, Heb lacks and make it tight … into the web

Text Commentary view alone

15.1–20 : Samson's revenge.

Samson's anger after his wife was given to another man led him to destroy the Philistines’ grain crop. This began a cycle of revenge with escalating violence between Samson and the Philistines.

1 :

A kid, a substantial gift, reflecting his desire for reconciliation.

4 :

A great physical feat, but purely for personal revenge and counter to the law (Ex 22.6 ).

6 :

Samson's arson leads, in the measure‐for‐measure structure of this unit, to the incineration of his wife and father‐in‐law by the Philistines.

8 :

Etam cannot be located with certainty. Hip and thigh, a formulaic expression describing complete devastation.

9–13 :

The people of Judah refuse to provide Samson with sanctuary and even attempt to apprehend Samson for the Philistines. For the Philistines, the Judahites, and Samson, the only thing that matters is reprisal and counterreprisal. The location of Lehi (v. 9 ) is unknown.

14–17 :

Another great feat motivated by personal revenge.

15 :

The fresh jawbone of a donkey, an improvised weapon (like Shamgar, 3.31); however, it was probably ritually unclean.

16 :

The couplet involves a pun, for the same Hebrew word can mean both donkey and heap.

18–19 :

Samson's first prayer, phrased as a demand for water (cf. Israel's demands in the wilderness, Ex 7.1–7; Num 20.2–13 ).

20 :

An editorial comment to authenticate Samson as a judge. Such comments are typically found at the end of the judge's narrative.

  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result
Oxford University Press

© 2018. All Rights Reserved. Privacy policy and legal notice