1611 King James Bible

Judges 15

Samson is denied his wife.

Judges 15:1 But it came to passe within a while after, in the time of wheat haruest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid, and he said, I will goe in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to goe in. Judges 15:2 And her father saide, I verily thought that thou haddest vtterly hated her, therfore I gaue her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer then she? take her, I pray thee, in stead of her.

He burneth the Philistines' corn with foxes and firebrands.

Judges 15:3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shal I be more blamelesse then the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. Judges 15:4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and tooke firebrands, and turned taile to taile, and put a firebrand in the midst betweene two tailes. Judges 15:5 And when hee had set the brands on fire, he let them goe into the standing corne of the Philistines, and burnt vp both the shockes, and also the standing corne, with the vineyards [and] oliues.

His wife and her father are burnt by the Philistines.

Judges 15:6 Then the Philistines saide, Who hath done this? and they answered, Samson the sonne in law of the Timnite, because hee had taken his wife, and giuen her to his companion. And the Philistines came vp, and burnt her and her father with fire.

Samson smiteth them hip and thigh.

Judges 15:7 And Samson said vnto them, Though ye haue done this, yet will I be auenged of you, and after that, I wil cease. Judges 15:8 And he smote them hip and thigh, with a great slaughter; and hee went down and dwelt in the top of the rocke Etam.

He is bound by the men of Judah and delivered to the Philistines.

Judges 15:9 Then the Philistines went vp, and pitched in Iudah, and spread themselues in Lehi. Judges 15:10 And the men of Iudah said, Why are ye come vp against vs? and they answered, To bind Samson are we come vp, to doe to him, as he hath done to vs. Judges 15:11 Then three thousand men of Iudah went to the top of the rocke Etam, and sayd to Samson; Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers ouer vs? What [is] this [that] thou hast done vnto vs? And he said vnto them, As they did vnto me, so haue I done vnto them. Judges 15:12 And they said vnto him, Wee are come downe to binde thee, that we may deliuer thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said vnto them, Sweare vnto me, that yee will not fall vpon me your selues. Judges 15:13 And they spake vnto him, saying; No: but wee will binde thee fast, and deliuer thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cordes, and brought him vp from the rocke.

He killeth them with a jawbone.

Judges 15:14 And when he came vnto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily vpon him, and the cordes that were vpon his armes became as flaxe that was burnt with fire, & his bands loosed from off his hands. Judges 15:15 And he found a new iawbone of an asse, and put foorth his hand, and tooke it, and slewe a thousand men therewith. Judges 15:16 And Samson said, With the iawbone of an asse, heapes vpon heapes, with the iaw of an asse haue I slaine a thousand men. Judges 15:17 And it came to passe when he had made an end of speaking, that hee cast away the iaw bone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-Lehi.

God maketh the fountain En-hakkore for him in Lehi.

Judges 15:18 And hee was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast giuen this great deliuerance into the hand of thy seruant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the vncircumcised? Judges 15:19 But God claue an hollow place that was in the iawe, and there came water thereout, & when he had drunke, his spirit came againe, and he reuiued: wherefore hee called the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi, vnto this day: Judges 15:20 And he iudged Israel in the dayes of the Philistines twentie yeeres.

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