Samson and the Philistines

Judges 15:1-20

Continuing from yesterday’s events, Samson returned later to visit his abandoned wife with a gift. His father in-law would however not allow him in, he told him he though he had deserted her and giver her to his companion, he advised Samson to marry her younger sister. Samson was very angry with this development and the proposition, he went ahead to set fire on the fields of the Philistines using foxes tied together at the tails.

When the Philistines saw this and discovered that Samson’s action was due to the betrayal of his wife’s family, they went and burnt the girl and her father. This action further infuriated Samson and he smote the Philistines with a great slaughter.

The Philistines later gathered in Judah, and when the men of Judah asked why, they replied it was to do to Samson as he did to them. The men of Judah then went and tied up Samson and delivered him to the Philistines. The Spirit of the Lord however came upon Samson, he easily tore the rope he was bound with, and picking up an ass jawbone, slew a thousand men of the Philistines. Samson had victory this day by the power of God, who also provided him with water when he was very thirsty after the victory.

Samson continued to judge Israel for twenty years during the time of the Philistines.

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