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FRAMEWORKS: Judges 15: Samson's Triumph & Rule

 

v.1-5 Samson's Vengeance on the Philistines

v.6-8 Further conflict so Samson kills more Philistines

v.9-14 His own people go to hand him over to the Philistines

v.15-17 Samson kills a large number of Philistines

v.18-20 The Lord provides water of Samson

 

 

v.1-5 Samson's Vengeance on the Philistines

 

v.1  Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, “I'm going to my wife's room.” But her father would not let him go in.

v.2 “I was so sure you hated her,” he said, “that I gave her to your companion. Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.”

v.3 Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.”

v.4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,

v.5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.

 

[Notes: It becomes apparent that because of what has happened Samson is not living with his wife, and when he goes to visit her eventually he finds she has been given to another man. In revenge for this he torches a large area of the Philistines' crops.]

 

 

v.6-8 Further conflict so Samson kills more Philistines

 

v.6 When the Philistines asked, “Who did this?” they were told, “Samson, the Timnite's son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.”

So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.

v.7 Samson said to them, “Since you've acted like this, I swear that I won't stop until I get my revenge on you.”

v.8 He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.

 

[Notes: Somewhat naturally, when the Philistines found out it was Samson, they burn his wife and father-in-law. In retaliation he kills many more of them. His second time of killing Philistines.]

 

 

v.9-14 His own people go to hand him over to the Philistines

 

v.9 The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.

v.10 The people of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight us?”

“We have come to take Samson prisoner,” they answered, “to do to him as he did to us.”

v.11 Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don't you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?”

He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”

v. 12 They said to him, “We've come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”

Samson said, “Swear to me that you won't kill me yourselves.”

v.13 “Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.

v.14  As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. [third time] The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.

 

[Notes: The Philistines invade Judah to get Samson but the men of Judah step in and say they will get him. They tie him up and when the Philistines come for him, the power of the Lord comes on him [for a third time] and he burst free.]

 

 

v.15-17 Samson kills a large number of Philistines

 

v.15  Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

v.16  Then Samson said,

“With a donkey's jawbone
     I have made donkeys of them.
With a donkey's jawbone
     I have killed a thousand men.”

v.17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.

 

[Notes: He then proceeds to kill a large number of them. His third time of killing them.]

 

 

v.18-20 The Lord provides water of Samson

 

v.18 Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord , “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?”

v.19 Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.

v.20 Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

 

[Notes: Samson acknowledges the Lord as he cries out to Him for water and the Lord provides it for him.]

   

   

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