Judges 15



1 And it was, after some days, in the days of the wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid of the goats; and he said, I will go·​·in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not grant him to go·​·in.

2 And her father said, Saying I said that hating thou didst hate her; and I gave her to thy companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Let her be thine instead of her.

3 And Samson said unto them, This time shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, when I do evil unto them.

4 And Samson went and captured three hundred foxes, and took torches, and he faced them tail to tail, and set one torch between two tails in the midst.

5 And he set the torches on fire, and sent them off into the standing·​·grain of the Philistines, and burnt from shock even·​·to standing·​·grain and to the vineyards of olives.

6 And the Philistines said, Who has done this? And they said, 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.

7 And Samson said unto them, Since you have done this, surely I will be avenged of you, and after·​·that I will stop.

8 And he smote them hip upon thigh with a great smiting; and he went·​·down and dwelt in the crag of the rock Etam.

9 And the Philistines went·​·up and encamped in Judah, and were extended in Lechi.

10 And the men of Judah said, Why are you come up against us? And they said, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he has done to us.

11 And three thousand men from Judah went·​·down to the crag of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? And what is this that thou doest to us? And he said to them, As they did to me, so have I done to them.

12 And they said unto him, To bind thee have we come·​·down, to give thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said to them, Promise to me that you will not fall·​·upon me yourselves.

13 And they said to him, saying, No, for binding we will bind thee, and give thee into their hand; but putting·​·to·​·death we will not put· thee ·to·​·death. And they bound him with two new ropes and brought· him ·up from the rock.

14 He came even·​·to Lehi, and the Philistines shouted to meet him; and the spirit of Jehovah came·​·mightily on him, and the ropes which were on his arms were as flax which is burnt with fire, and his bonds were melted from on his hands.

15 And he found the fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put·​·forth his hand and took it, and smote with it a thousand men.

16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of a donkey, a heap, two heaps; with the jawbone of a donkey have I smitten a thousand men.

17 And it was, when he had completed speaking that he cast the jawbone from his hand, and called the place Ramath-lehi*.

18 And he thirsted exceedingly, and called to Jehovah and said, Thou hast given this great salvation into the hand of thy servant; and now shall· I ·die of thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?

19 And God split·​·open the hollow place that is in the jawbone, and water came·​·out from it, and he drank, and his spirit returned to him, and he lived; wherefore he called the name thereof, En-hakkoreh, which is in Lehi to this day.

20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.