1 And the children
of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD
delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the
Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and
3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said
unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but
thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor
strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor
shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto
God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out
of the hand of the Philistines.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of
God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance
of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence
he was, neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear
a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any
unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from
the womb to the day of his death.
8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the
man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach
us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of
God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah
her husband was not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband,
and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that
came unto me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the
man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the
woman? And he said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall
we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I
said unto the woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither
let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing:
all that I commanded her let her observe.
15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee,
let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for
16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain
me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt
offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew
not that he was an angel of the LORD.
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name,
that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou
thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it
upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and
Manoah and his wife looked on.
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven
from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the
flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and
fell on their faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and
to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because
we have seen God.
23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill
us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering
at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things,
nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and
the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in
the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
1 And Samson went
down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters
of the Philistines.
2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said,
I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines:
now therefore get her for me to wife.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never
a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my
people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised
Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me;
for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the
LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for
at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath,
and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion
roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he
rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in
his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had
7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased
8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside
to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm
of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and
came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did
eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of
the carcase of the lion.
10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there
a feast; for so used the young men to do.
11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought
thirty companions to be with him.
12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle
unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven
days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments:
13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him,
Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat,
and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not
in three days expound the riddle.
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto
Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto
us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with
fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?
16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but
hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto
the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said
unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother,
and shall I tell it thee?
17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast
lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told
her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle
to the children of her people.
18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day
before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what
is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not
plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down
to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil,
and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle.
And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had
used as his friend.
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
3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless
than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
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
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.
6 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.
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
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
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.
15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand,
and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
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
18 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
En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty