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Judges 15:9-20 World English Bible (WEB)

Then the Philistines went up, encamped in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.

10 The men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?”

They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us.”

11 Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cave in Etam’s rock, and said to Samson, “Don’t you know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?”

He said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.”

12 They said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines.”

Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.”

13 They spoke to him, saying, “No; but we will bind you securely, and deliver you into their hands; but surely we will not kill you.” They bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock.

14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. Then Yahweh’s Spirit came mightily on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped from off his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, put out his hand, took it, and struck a thousand men with it. 16 Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps on heaps; with the jawbone of a donkey I have struck a thousand men.” 17 When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ramath Lehi.[a] 18 He was very thirsty, and called on Yahweh, and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant; and now shall I die of thirst, and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?”

19 But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out of it. When he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived. Therefore its name was called En Hakkore, which is in Lehi, to this day. 20 He judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 15:17 “Lehi” means “jawbone”.
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Judges 15:9-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Then the Philistines went up and camped in Judah, and spread out in Lehi. 10 The men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” And they said, “We have come up to bind Samson in order to do to him as he did to us.” 11 Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that 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.” 12 They said to him, “We have come down to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not [a]kill me.” 13 So they said to [b]him, “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 two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.

14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the Lord [c]came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds [d]dropped from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he [e]reached out and took it and [f]killed a thousand men with it. 16 Then Samson said,

“With the jawbone of a donkey,
[g]Heaps upon heaps,
With the jawbone of a donkey
I have [h]killed a thousand men.”

17 When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place [i]Ramath-lehi. 18 Then he became very thirsty, and he called to the Lord and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, and now [j]shall I die of thirst [k]and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his [l]strength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it [m]En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day. 20 So he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 15:12 Lit fall upon me yourselves
  2. Judges 15:13 Lit him, saying
  3. Judges 15:14 Lit rushed upon
  4. Judges 15:14 Lit were melted
  5. Judges 15:15 Lit stretched out his hand
  6. Judges 15:15 Lit smote
  7. Judges 15:16 Lit Heap, two heaps; Heb is same root as donkey
  8. Judges 15:16 Lit smitten
  9. Judges 15:17 I.e. the high place of the jawbone
  10. Judges 15:18 Or I shall...uncircumcised
  11. Judges 15:18 Or or
  12. Judges 15:19 Lit spirit
  13. Judges 15:19 I.e. the spring of him who called
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