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.
"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."
Samson said to them, "This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them."
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,
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.
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.127
Samson said to them, "Since you've acted like this, I won't stop until I get my revenge on you."
He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock13 of Etam.149
The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.15