1 After some days, in the time of wheat harvest, it happened that Samson visited his wife
with a young goat. And he said, Let me go in to my wife, into her room. But her father
would not permit him to go in.
2 Her father said, I thought in my heart that you hated her like an enemy; therefore I gave
her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Please, take her instead.
3 And Samson said to them, This time I shall be blameless regarding the Philistines when I
am doing evil to them!
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned tail to
tail, and put a torch between the two tails.
5 When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the
Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards
and olive groves.
6 Then the Philistines said, Who has done this? And they answered, Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion. So the
Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire.
7 And Samson said to them, Since you did a thing like this, I shall avenge myself on you,
and after that I will cease.
8 And he struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in
the cleft of the rock of Etam.
9 And the Philistines went up, encamped in Judah, and were spread out at Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, Why have you come up against us? So they answered, We
have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us.
11 Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and
said to Samson, Do you not know that the Philistines rule over us? What is this you have
done to us? And he said to them, As they did to me, so I have done to them.
12 But they said to him, We have come down to bind you, to deliver you into the hand of
the Philistines. And Samson said to them, Swear to me that you will not kill me yourselves.
13 And they spoke to him, saying, No, but we will tie to bind you and deliver you into their hand; but we will not put you to death. And they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.
14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. And the Spirit of
Jehovah rushed upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is
burned with fire, and his bonds melted from his hands.
15 And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and
struck a thousand men with it.
16 Then Samson said: With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the
jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men!
17 And so it was, when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his
hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi.
18 And he became very thirsty; so he cried out to Jehovah and said, You have given this
great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the
hand of the uncircumcised?
19 And God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and
his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in
Lehi to this day.
20 And he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.