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
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
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 rock .
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.