13-14 “We promise,” the men said. “We will only tie you up and turn you over to the Philistines. We won’t kill you.” Then they tied up his hands and arms with two brand-new ropes and led him away from Etam Rock.
When the Philistines saw that Samson was being brought to their camp at Jawbone, they started shouting and ran toward him. But the Lord’s Spirit took control of Samson, and Samson broke the ropes, as though they were pieces of burnt cloth. 15 Samson glanced around and spotted the jawbone of a donkey. The jawbone had not yet dried out, so it was still hard and heavy. Samson grabbed it and started hitting Philistines—he killed a thousand of them! 16 After the fighting was over, he made up this poem about what he had done to the Philistines:
I used a donkey’s jawbone to kill a thousand men; I beat them with this jawbone over and over again.[a]
17 Samson tossed the jawbone on the ground and decided to call the place Jawbone Hill.[b] It is still called that today.
15.16I beat. . . again: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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