JUDGES 15:16



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“And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.”

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Judges 15:16 Translation & Meaning

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And Samson שִׁמְשׁ֔וֹן Shimshon, an Israelite Samson
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
With the jawbone בִּלְחִ֣י The cheek (from its fleshiness); hence, the jaw-bone jawbone
of an ass, הַֽחֲמ֔וֹר A male ass (from its dun red) ass
heaps חֲמ֖וֹר A heap heaps
upon heaps, חֲמֹֽרָתָ֑יִם A heap upon heaps
with the jaw בִּלְחִ֣י The cheek (from its fleshiness); hence, the jaw-bone jaw
of an ass הַֽחֲמ֔וֹר A male ass (from its dun red) ass
have I slain הִכֵּ֖יתִי To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) slain
a thousand אֶ֥לֶף Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousand
men. אִֽישׁ׃ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men

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  • 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 place Ramath-lehi.

  • 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?


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