Samson, the Twelfth Judge. Samson was born in perilous times. During the forty years preceding his birth, the children of Israel were under the dominion of the Philistines. His history is distinguished by,
- the extraordinary circumstances attending his birth ( Judges 13:1-23 );
- the gift of the Spirit of the Lord to him ( Judges 13:24 Judges 13:25 );
- his matrimonial adventures and his great victories over the enemies of his country ( Judges 14:1-16:31 ).
Samson judged Israel twenty years ( Judges 16:30 Judges 16:31 ).