Samson ties the tails of 300 foxes and sets them on fire
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.
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 of her.
(15:1) After Samson murdered thirty men for their clothes, he went to his wife's house
for some sex. He even brought a young goat along to pay for her services. 
(15:2) Then Samson's father-in-law had to tell him the bad news: he had given Samson's wife to one of his
Philistine friends because he thought Samson "hated" her. He suggested that Samson take his younger daughter instead,
saying the younger one's prettier anyway.
And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the
Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
And Samson went and caught
three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a
firebrand in the midst between two tails.
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.
(15:3-5) But Samson didn't want his wife's little sister. He wanted his wife back, because
"she pleased Samson well."
So Samson had an idea, an idea that only one of God's special heroes could come up with: he'd catch 300 foxes,
tie their tails together, light them on fire, and set them loose in the Philistine's grain fields.
The Philistines burn Samson's wife and father-in-law
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.
(15:6) But it didn't work out as planned. After the burning foxes destroyed the
fields, the Philistines didn't give Samson his wife back; they burned her and her father to death.
Samson smites the Philistines with a great slaughter
And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged
of you, and after that I will cease.
And he smote them hip
and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top
of the rock Etam.
(15:7-8) In response, Samson smote the
Philistines "hip and thigh" with a great slaughter. (I'm not including this killing on God's list, since the Bible
doesn't tell us that "the Spirit of the Lord cam upon him" or otherwise imply that God was involved.)
Samson kills 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass
Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves
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.
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 them.
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 yourselves.
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.
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
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it,
and slew a thousand men therewith.
(15:14-15) The spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him ... And he found a new jawbone of an ass and
slew a thousand men therewith.
And Samson said, With
the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain
a thousand men.
(15:16) And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a
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 place Ramathlehi.
15:18 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?
(15:17-19) After Samson killed 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass,
he was thirsty. So God created and filled a hollow in the very same jawbone and put water in it for Samson to drink.
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 Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
(15:19) God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout.