| 1 ¶ But it came to pass
within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited
his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber.
But her father would not suffer him to go in.
2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.
This might have been the custom ge3817.
I verily thought He was justified. His daughter deceived Samson and he left angry.
| 3 And Samson said concerning
them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.
5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.
| 3 -
Concerning them Rather "to them."
3 - More blameless "This time I shall be blameless in regard to the Philistines, when I do them mischief." He had an excuse, but may not have been blameless before God.
4 - Foxes Probably jackals (same Hebrew word). See on ps06310. Not exactly kindness to animals.
5 - Corn That is "grain."
Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson,
the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given
her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her
father with fire.
7 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.
| 6 -
They Probably the men of Judah v10.
8 - Hip and thigh A proverbial expression meaning "completely."
8 - Top Literally an opening in a large rock is0221, is5705.
| 9 ¶ Then the Philistines
went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.
12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.
14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
|9-17 - Spread themselves in Lehi Literally "jaw." The original location of this town is not known. "now El-Lekieh, abounding with limestone cliffs; the sides of which are perforated with caves. The object of the Philistines in this expedition was to apprehend Samson, in revenge for the great slaughter he had committed on their people. With a view of freeing his own countrymen from all danger from the infuriated Philistines, he allowed himself to be bound and surrendered a fettered prisoner into their power. Exulting with joy at the near prospect of riddance from so formidable an enemy, they went to meet him. But he exerted his superhuman strength, and finding a new jawbone of an ass, he laid hold of it, and with no other weapon, slew a thousand men at a place which he called Ramath-lehi--that is, "the hill of the jawbone." (JFB).|
| 15 And he found a new jawbone
of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men
16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.
- With the jawbone ... heaps The poetic form is interesting. A transliteration
(showing the sound) is as follows:
¶ And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou
hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now
shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
19 So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, . . NKJV.
20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
- Called on the Lord His prayer is mentioned only here and in jg1628.
19 - God clave Why would God respond to one who had so greatly misrepresented the divine character? The Philistines did need to be punished and we need to know that He does not arbitrarily withdraw His Spirit. When we see it withdrawn we can know that the continuing gift of the Sprit would not necessarily honor God or His servants.
19 - In the jaw The Hebrew may also read "in Lehi" We choose the latter which is repeated in the verse. It also makes more sense and is more reasonable considering v17.