Samson Defeats the Philistines
1After a while, at the time of the wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife, bringing along a kid. He said, “I want to go into my wife's room.” But her father would not allow him to go in.2Her father said, “I was sure that you had rejected her; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister prettier than she? Why not take her instead?”3Samson said to them, “This time, when I do mischief to the Philistines, I will be without blame.”4So Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took some torches; and he turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails.5When he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.6Then the Philistines asked, “Who has done this?” And they said, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken Samson's wife and given her to his companion.” So the Philistines came up, and burned her and her father.7Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will not stop until I have taken revenge on you.”8He struck them down hip and thigh with great slaughter; and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam.