Judges 13:25
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New International Version
and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

New Living Translation
And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him while he lived in Mahaneh-dan, which is located between the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol.

English Standard Version
And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

New American Standard Bible
And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

King James Bible
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Contemporary English Version
Then, while Samson was staying at Dan's Camp between the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol, the Spirit of the LORD took control of him.

Good News Translation
And the LORD's power began to strengthen him while he was between Zorah and Eshtaol in the Camp of Dan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Spirit of the LORD began to direct him in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

International Standard Version
Then the Spirit of the LORD began to rouse him where the tribe of Dan was encamped, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

NET Bible
The LORD's spirit began to control him in Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

New Heart English Bible
And the Spirit of the LORD began to direct him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD's Spirit began to stir in him while he was at Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the spirit of the LORD began to move him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

New American Standard 1977
And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Spirit of the LORD began to manifest himself at times in him in the camps of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

American King James Version
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

American Standard Version
And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the spirit of the Lord began to be with him in the camp of Dan, between Saraa and Esthaol.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move him at Mahaneh-Dan, between Zoreah and Eshtaol.

English Revised Version
And the spirit of the LORD began to move him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

World English Bible
The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Spirit of Jehovah beginneth to move him in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Study Bible
The Birth of Samson
24Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the LORD blessed him. 25And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Cross References
Joshua 15:33
In the lowland: Eshtaol and Zorah and Ashnah,

Judges 3:10
The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, so that he prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim.

Judges 14:1
Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.

Judges 14:19
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father's house.

Judges 18:2
So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, valiant men from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, "Go, search the land." And they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.

Judges 18:11
Then from the family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out.

Judges 18:12
They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan to this day; behold, it is west of Kiriath-jearim.

1 Samuel 11:6
Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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Judges 18:11 And there went from there of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah …

Joshua 15:33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah,

(25) The Spirit of the Lord.--Judges 3:10. The Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it rightly, "The spirit of courage from Jehovah." Amos (Amos 2:11) ranks Nazarites with prophets. "Different as may be their mode of action, they agree in a belief, which strings up every power to its highest tension, that they are Jehovah's very own, consecrated to Him by a wholly special calling" (Ewald).

Began to move him.--Literally, to agitate or thrust him (paham, Genesis 41:8; Daniel 2:1). The word implies vehement and overwhelming impulses to noble deeds ("fing an ihn zu treiben," Luther), which, however, only came over him "at times" (Judges 14:6; Judges 15:14; Judges 16:20). The LXX. rendering, "to go with him," comes from a wrong reading.

In the camp of Dan.--Rather, in Mahaneh-dan. Doubtless the name originated in the migration of this hard-pressed tribe, which is mentioned in Judges 18:11-12, but which took place long before this time. The sites of Mahaneh-dan and Eshtaol have not been identified. In his hatred to the enemies of his country, Samson is the Hannibal of the Hebrews.

Verse 25. - The Spirit of the Lord, etc. See Judges 3:10, note. To move him - to urge and impel him to strange actions by fits and starts. It is an uncommon expression. In Genesis 41:8 the passive of the verb means to be troubled or agitated, and the substantive is the common word for a time in the phrases time after time, twice, thrice (according to the number specified), other times, etc.; also a footstep; and its derivatives mean an anvil, a bell. The idea is that of sudden, single impulses, such as are described in the following chapters. In the camp of Dan, or, as in Judges 18:12, Mahaneh-Dan, where the reason of the name is explained. For Zorah see ver. 2, note. Eshtaol has not hitherto been identified with any existing place, but it ought to lie east or north of Mahaneh-Dan, since this last was between Zorah and Eshtaol (see note on Judges 18:12). Kustul, a conical hill one hour west of Jerusalem, has been suggested.



And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan,.... To go out into it, in order to be trained up in and inured to military exercises; or it began to "strike" his mind, inject thoughts into it, and impress it with them concerning doing great things for the people of God in time to come; and for the present put him upon doing strange and wonderful exploits, which were omens of what was to be done by him hereafter; and these were done by him now and then, not always, but as the Spirit of God came upon him, under the impulse of which he did them, and by the strength he gave him; so the Targum,"and the Spirit of strength from the Lord began to strengthen him.''This camp of Dan was either a camp formed in that tribe, to prevent the incursions of the Philistines; or rather, since it does not seem that Israel had strength enough to resist them, they having got the power over them, this was the name of a place called Mahanehdan near Kirjathjearim, from the Danites encamping in it, when they went to besiege Laish, Judges 18:11 for the fact was done before this time, though related afterwards:

between Zorah and Eshtaol; which were two cities in the tribe of Dan, and upon the borders of the tribe of Judah; of which see Joshua 15:33. It may be observed, that as the tribe of Dan lay near to the Philistines, and so liable to their ravages, and might be most oppressed by them, so a deliverer of Israel was raised up in this tribe. 25. the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times—not, probably, as it moved the prophets, who were charged with an inspired message, but kindling in his youthful bosom a spirit of high and devoted patriotism.

Eshtaol—the free city. It, as well as Zorah, stood on the border between Judah and Dan. 13:24,25 The Spirit of the Lord began to move Samson when a youth. This was evidence that the Lord blessed him. Where God gives his blessing, he gives his Spirit to qualify for the blessing. Those are blessed indeed in whom the Spirit of grace begins to work in the days of their childhood. Samson drank no wine or strong drink, yet excelled in strength and courage, for he had the Spirit of God moving him; therefore be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.
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