Judges 15

1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, “I will go in to my wife into the chamber.” But her father would not allow him to go in.

2 And her father said, “I verily thought that you hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion; Is not her younger sister fairer than she? Please take her, instead of her.”

3 And Samson said concerning them, “Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.”

4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.

5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.

6 Then the Philistines said, “Who hath done this?” And they answered, “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, “Though you have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.”

8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

9 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah (Yehudah), and spread themselves in Lehi.

10 And the men of Judah (Yehudah) said, “Why are you come up against us?” And they answered, “To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.”

11 Then three thousand men of Judah (Yehudah) went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, “Knowest you not that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this that you have done unto us?” And he said unto them, “As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.”

12 And they said unto him, “We are come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines.” And Samson said unto them, “Swear unto me, that you will not fall upon me yourselves.”

13 And they spake unto him, saying, “No, but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand; but surely we will not kill you.” And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him; and the Spirit of יהוה came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

16 And Samson said: “With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.”

17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

18 And he was sore athirst, and called on יהוה, and said, “You have given this great deliverance into the hand of your servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”

19 But God (Elohim) clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived; wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

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