Judges Chapter 15 and Chapter 16

Chapter 15: Samson Sets Fire To The Philistines Grain, Grape and Olive Fields After Hearing His Wife Was Given Away by Father-in-Law: The Philistines Burn Samson’s Wife and Father-in-Law Because of Their Fields: Then Samson Slaughters Many of the Philistines

1 After a while, in the time of wheat harvest, it happened that Samson visited his wife with a young goat. And he said, “Let me go into my wife, into her room”. But her father would not permit him to go in. 2 Her father said, “I really thought you thoroughly hated her. Therefore, I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Please, take her instead”. 3 And Samson said to them, “This time I shall be blameless (perfect) regarding the Philistines if I harm them”! 4 Then Samson went and caught three hundred foxes and he took torches, turned the foxes tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails. 5 When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines and burned up both the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves. 6 Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?” And they answered, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” So the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire. 7 Samson said to them, “Since you would do a thing like this, I will surely take revenge on you and after that I will cease”. 8 So he attacked them hip and thigh with a great slaughter. Then he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

The Tribe of Yahudah Deliver Samson Up To The Philistines

9 Now the Philistines went up, encamped in Yahudah and deployed themselves against Lehi. 10 And the men of Yahudah said, “Why have you come up against us”? So they answered, “We have come up to arrest Samson, to do to him as he has done to us”. 11 Then three thousand men of Yahudah went down to the cleft rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines rule over us”? What is this you have done to us”? And he said to them, “As they did to me, so I have done to them”. 12 But they said to him, “We have come down to arrest you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines”. Then Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not kill me yourselves”. 13 So they spoke to him saying, “No, but we will tie you securely and deliver you into their hand but we will surely not kill you”. And they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock. (Compare to Mattithyah 10:21, 35-36, Mattithyah 24:9 and Luke 21:12)

Samson Bursts Out of His Ropes:  The Jawbone of a Donkey

14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of Yah came mightily upon him and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it and killed a thousand men with it. 16 Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps. With a jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men”! 17 And so it was, when he finished speaking that he threw the jawbone from his hand and called that place Ramath Lehi (Literally Jawbone Height).

Yah Causes the Waters to Spring Forward

18 Then he became very thirsty so he cried out to Yah and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised”? 19 So Yah split the hollow place that is in Lehi and water came out and he drank and his spirit returned and he revived. Therefore, he called its name En Hakkore (Literally Spring of the Caller) which is in Lehi to this day. 20 And he judged Ysrayl twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Chapter 16: Samson Carries Off the Gates of Gaza Like a Shield

1 Now Samson went to Gaza (Ayyah) and saw a harlot there and went into her. 2 When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here”! They surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night saying, “In the morning when it is daylight, we will kill him”. 3 And Samson lay low till midnight. Then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

Samson Meets Delilah: The Philistines ask Delilah to Find Out the Secret to Samson’s Strength

4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the princes of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him and find out where his great strength lies and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him and one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver”.

Delilah Tricks Samson By Pestering Him Daily

6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies and with what you may be bound to afflict you”. 7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings not yet dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man”. 8 So the princes of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings not yet dried and she bound him with them. 9 Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson”! But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with”. 11 So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man”. 12 Therefore, Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson”! And men were  lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.

13 Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with”. And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locs of my head into the web of the loom”—14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson”! But he awoke from his sleep and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times and have not told me where your great strength lies”. 16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death–17 That he told her all his heart and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazarite to Yah from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me and I shall become weak and be like any other man”.

The Spirit of Yah Departs From Samson

18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his hear, she sent and called for the princes of the Philistines saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart”. So the princes of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. 19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locs of his head. Then she began to torment him (or reads he began to be weak) and his strength left him. 20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson”! So he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as before, at other times and shake myself free”! But he did not know that Yah had departed from him.

The Philistines Blind Samson, Put Him in Prison But His Hair Begins to Grow Again

21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters and he became a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.

The Philistines Call Samson to Perform For Them By the Pillars of Their Temple

23 Now the princes of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice. And they said: “Our god had delivered into our hands Samson our enemy”! 24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said: “Our god had delivered into our hand our enemy, the destroyer of the land and the one who multiplied our dead”. 25 So it happened when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us”. So they called for Samson from the prison and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars. 26 Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them”. 27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the princes of the Philistines were there, about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed.

Samson Asks Yah to Give Him Strength To Bring Down the Pillars Upon Himself and the Philistines

28 Then Samson called to Yah saying, “O Yah Almighty, remember me, I pray”! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once O Yah, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes”! 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines”! And he pushed with all his might and the temple fell on the princes and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.

Samson Buried in His Father’s Tomb

31 And  his brothers and all his father’s household came down and took him and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Ysrayl twenty years.




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