Judges 15:1-9 (New International Version)

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Samson's Vengeance on the Philistines

1 Later on, at the time of wheat harvest,1 Samson2 took a young goat3 and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room."4 But her father would not let him go in. 2 "I was so sure you thoroughly hated her," he said, "that I gave her to your friend.5 Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead." 3 Samson said to them, "This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them." 4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes6 and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch7 to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches8 and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks9 and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves. 6 When the Philistines asked, "Who did this?" they were told, "Samson, the Timnite's son-in-law, because his wife was given to his friend.10" So the Philistines went up and burned her11 and her father to death.12 7 Samson said to them, "Since you've acted like this, I won't stop until I get my revenge on you." 8 He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock13 of Etam.14 9 The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.15
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