But after a while, in the time of wheatharvest, Samsonvisited his wife1with a younggoat, and said, "I will go in to my wife in her room." But her father did not let him enter.
Her fathersaid, "I reallythought that you hated her intensely ; so I 2gave her to your companion. Is not her youngersisteramorebeautifulthan she? Please let her be yours binstead."
3Samson then said to them, "Thistime I shall be blameless in regard to the Philistineswhen I do them harm."
4Samsonwent and caughtthreehundredfoxes, and tooktorches, and turned the foxes tail to tail and putonetorch in the middlebetweentwotails.
When he had setfire to the torches, he releasedcthe foxes into the standinggrain of the Philistines, thus burning up both the shocks and the standinggrain, along with the vineyards and groves.
Then the Philistinessaid, "Whodidthis ?" And they said, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, becausedhe took his wife and gave her to his companion." So the Philistinescame up and 3burned her and her father with fire.
7Samsonsaid to them, "Since you act like this, I will surelytakerevenge on you, but after that I will quit."
He struck them eruthlessly with a greatslaughter ; and he wentdown and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
Then the Philistineswent up and camped in Judah, and spread out in Lehi.
The men of Judahsaid, "Why have you come up against us?" And they said, "We have come up to bindSamson in order to do to him as he did to us."
Then 3,000men of Judahwentdown to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, "Do you not know4that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so I have done to them."
They said to him, "We have comedown to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines." And Samsonsaid to them, "Swear to me that you will not fkill me."
So they said to ghim, "No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands ; yet surely we will not kill you." Then they bound him with twonewropes and brought him up from the rock.
When he came to Lehi, the Philistinesshouted as they met him. And 5the Spirit of the LORDhcame upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bondsidropped from his hands.
He found a freshjawbone of a donkey, so he jreached out and took it and kkilled6a thousandmen with it.
Then Samsonsaid, "With the jawbone of a donkey, lHeaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have mkilled a thousandmen."
When he had finishedspeaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand ; and he named that placenRamath-lehi.
Then he becameverythirsty, and he 7called to the LORD and said, "You have giventhisgreatdeliverance by the hand of Your servant, and nowoshall I die of thirstpand fall into the hands of the uncircumcised ?"
But Godsplit the hollow place that is in Lehi so that watercame out of it. When he drank, 8his qstrengthreturned and he revived. Therefore he named it rEn-hakkore, which is in Lehi to thisday.
So 9he judgedIsraeltwentyyears in 10the days of the Philistines.