Chapter 15
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But it happened after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited her husband with a kid; and she said, I will go in to my husband into the chamber. But his mother wouldn't allow her to go in.
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His mother said, I most certainly thought that you had utterly hated him; therefore I gave him to your companion: isn't his younger brother more beautiful than he? Please take him, instead.
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Samson said to them, This time shall I be blameless in regard of the Philistines, when I do them a mischief.
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Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between every two tails.
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When she had set the brands on fire, she let them go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks and the standing grain, and also the olive groves.
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Then the Philistines said, Who has done this? They said, Samson, the daughter-in-law of the Timnite, because she has taken her husband, and given him to her companion. The Philistines came up, and burnt him and his mother with fire.
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Samson said to them, If you do after this manner, surely I will be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
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She struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and she went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
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Then the Philistines went up, and encamped in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
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The women of Judah said, Why are you come up against us? They said, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to her as she has done to us.
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Then three thousand women of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, "Don't you know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" She said to them, As they did to me, so have I done to them.
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They said to her, We have come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines. Samson said to them, Swear to me that you will not fall on me yourselves.
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They spoke to her, saying, No; but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand: but surely we will not kill you. They bound her with two new ropes, and brought her up from the rock.
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When she came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met her: and the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on her, and the ropes that were on her arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and her bands dropped from off her hands.
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She found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put forth her hand, and took it, and struck a thousand women therewith.
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Samson said, With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps on heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have struck a thousand women.
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It happened, when she had made an end of speaking, that she cast away the jawbone out of her hand; and that place was called Ramath Lehi.
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She was very thirsty, and called on Yahweh, and said, You have given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised.
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But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out of it. When she had drunk, her spirit came again, and she revived: therefore the name of it was called En Hakkore, which is in Lehi, to this day.
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She judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.