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Judges 15
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Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines

15Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat as a present to his wife. He said, "I'm going into my wife's room to sleep with her," but her father wouldn't let him in.H3117H3117H2406H7105H8123H6485H802H1423H5795H559H935H802H2315H1H5414H935 2"I truly thought you must hate her," her father explained, "so I gave her in marriage to your best man. But look, her younger sister is even more beautiful than she is. Marry her instead."H1H559H559H559H8130H8130H5414H4828H6996H269H2896 3Samson said, "This time I cannot be blamed for everything I am going to do to you Philistines."H8123H559H6471H5352H6430H6213H7451 4Then he went out and caught 300 foxes. He tied their tails together in pairs, and he fastened a torch to each pair of tails.H8123H3212H3920H7969H3967H7776H3947H3940H6437H2180H2180H7760H259H3940H8432H8147H2180 5Then he lit the torches and let the foxes run through the grain fields of the Philistines. He burned all their grain to the ground, including the sheaves and the uncut grain. He also destroyed their vineyards and olive groves.H1197H3940H784H7971H7054H6430H1197H1430H7054H3754H2132 6"Who did this?" the Philistines demanded. "Samson," was the reply, "because his father-in-law from Timnah gave Samson's wife to be married to his best man." So the Philistines went and got the woman and her father and burned them to death.H6430H559H6213H559H8123H2860H8554H3947H802H5414H4828H6430H5927H8313H1H784 7"Because you did this," Samson vowed, "I won't rest until I take my revenge on you!"H8123H559H518H6213H2063H5358H310H2308 8So he attacked the Philistines with great fury and killed many of them. Then he went to live in a cave in the rock of Etam.H5221H7785H5921H3409H1419H4347H3381H3427H5585H5553H5862 9The Philistines retaliated by setting up camp in Judah and spreading out near the town of Lehi.H6430H5927H2583H3063H5203H3896 10The men of Judah asked the Philistines, "Why are you attacking us?" The Philistines replied, "We've come to capture Samson. We've come to pay him back for what he did to us."H376H3063H559H5927H559H631H8123H5927H6213H6213 11So 3,000 men of Judah went down to get Samson at the cave in the rock of Etam. They said to Samson, "Don't you realize the Philistines rule over us? What are you doing to us?" But Samson replied, "I only did to them what they did to me."H7969H505H376H3063H3381H5585H5553H5862H559H8123H3045H6430H4910H6213H559H6213H6213 12But the men of Judah told him, "We have come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines." "All right," Samson said. "But promise that you won't kill me yourselves."H559H3381H631H5414H3027H6430H8123H559H7650H6293 13"We will only tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines," they replied. "We won't kill you." So they tied him up with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.H559H559H631H631H5414H3027H4191H4191H631H8147H2319H5688H5927H5553 14As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists.H935H3896H6430H7321H7125H7307H3068H6743H5688H2220H6593H1197H784H612H4549H3027 15Then he found the jawbone of a recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with it.H4672H2961H3895H2543H7971H3027H3947H5221H505H376 16Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, I've piled them in heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I've killed a thousand men!"H8123H559H3895H2543H2565H2565H3895H2543H5221H505H376 17When he finished his boasting, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill.H3615H1696H7993H3895H3027H7121H4725H7437 18Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the LORD, "You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?"H3966H6770H7121H3068H559H5414H1419H8668H3027H5650H4191H6772H5307H3027H6189 19So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place "The Spring of the One Who Cried Out," and it is still in Lehi to this day.H430H1234H4388H3895H3318H4325H8354H7307H7725H2421H7121H8034H5875H3896H3117 20Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land.H8199H3478H3117H6430H6242H8141


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