King James Version
Samsonís Vengeance on
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
suffer him to go in.
2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly
hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger
sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, 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 ye 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, and
spread themselves in Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye 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 went to the top of the rock Etam,
and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers
over us? what is this that thou hast 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 thee, that we
may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said
unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast,
and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee.
And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the
14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him:
and the Spirit of the LORD 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
18 And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou
hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and
now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the
19 But God clave an 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 En-hakkore, which is
in Lehi unto this day.
20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
3. John Wesley's Notes on the
Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/judges/wesley/judgesintro.htm