The Wheat Harvest – Judges 15

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 suffer him to go in. 

Judges 15:2 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.  

Judges 15:3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be  more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a  displeasure. 

Judges 15:4 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. 

Judges 15:5  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.  

Judges 15:6 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.  

Judges 15:7 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done  this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.  

Judges 15:8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great  slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the  rock Etam.  

Judges 15:9 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah,  and spread themselves in Lehi. 

Judges 15:10 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. 

Judges 15:11 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.  

Judges 15:12 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. 

Judges 15:13 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 rock.  

Judges 15:14 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. 

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

Judges 15:16 And Samson said,  With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw  of an ass have I slain a thousand men. 

Judges 15:17 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  Ramath-lehi.   

Judges 15:18 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 uncircumcised? 

Judges 15:19 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 Enhakkore,  which is in Lehi unto this day. 

Judges 15:20 And he  judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. KJV

The Book of Judges


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