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Bible Commentaries

Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books

Judges 15

Verses 6-8

The Philistines sought out the cause of such destruction and found Samson had committed his act of aggression because his father-in-law had violated their agreement. So, they burned him and his daughter, which was the very thing she had earlier sought to avoid by revealing the meaning of the riddle (see 14:15.) Samson then set out to avenge himself upon the Philistines with a great slaughter. He then went to Etam, likely the one mentioned in 2Ch_11:6 (15:6-8).

Verses 9-20

The Philistine army then encamped in Judah against Lehi, which means "jaw." Three thousand men of Judah went down and bound Samson with two new ropes and delivered him to the enemy to avoid a war. They rejoiced when they saw him bound but the Spirit of the Lord enabled him to snap the ropes as if they were flax that had been burned in the fire. With the jawbone of an ass, he slew 1,000 men and renamed it Ramath Lehi, meaning "jawbone height." He then acknowledged God's victory through his servant and asked for much needed water to drink. God opened up a place in the earth and Samson drank. This place was named "tooth hollow," likely because it was on jawbone height (15:9- 20).

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Hampton, Gary. "Commentary on Judges 15". "Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghc/judges-15.html. 2014.