Judges 15:15
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New International Version
Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

New Living Translation
Then he found the jawbone of a recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with it.

English Standard Version
And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men.

New American Standard Bible
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.

King James Bible
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand, took it, and killed 1,000 men with it.

International Standard Version
He happened upon a jawbone from a putrefying donkey, reached out to grab it, and killed 1,000 men with it.

NET Bible
He happened to see a solid jawbone of a donkey. He grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

New Heart English Bible
And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and reached down and took it, and struck a thousand men with it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson found the jawbone from a donkey that had just died. He picked it up and killed 1,000 men with it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and smote a thousand men therewith.

New American Standard 1977
And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he found a new jawbone of an ass and put forth his hand and took it and slew a thousand men with it.

King James 2000 Bible
And he found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men with it.

American King James Version
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

American Standard Version
And he found a fresh jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and smote a thousand men therewith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And finding a jawbone, even the jawbone of an ass which lay there, catching it up, be slew therewith a thousand men.

Darby Bible Translation
And he found a fresh jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand and took it, and slew with it a thousand men.

English Revised Version
And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and smote a thousand men therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he found a fresh jaw-bone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men with it.

World English Bible
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and struck a thousand men therewith.

Young's Literal Translation
and he findeth a fresh jaw-bone of an ass, and putteth forth his hand and taketh it, and smiteth with it -- a thousand men.
Study Bible
Samson Defeats the Philistines
14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. 15He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it. 16Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men."…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:34
quenched the raging fire, and escaped the edge of the sword; who gained strength from weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.

Leviticus 26:8
five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

Joshua 23:10
"One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.

Judges 15:16
Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men."

Judges 15:17
When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place Ramath-lehi.
Treasury of Scripture

And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

new jaw-bone. Heb. moist. slew

Judges 3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines …

Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer …

Judges 7:16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he …

Leviticus 26:8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall …

Joshua 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he …

1 Samuel 14:6,14 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and …

1 Samuel 17:49,50 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang …

1 Corinthians 1:27,28 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…

a thousand. Some would render the words 'a chief'; but it is alluph, and not aileph, which signifies a chief; besides which, the Hebrew idiom would, even in that case, require it to be ish alluph, a man, a chief, and not alluph ish, a chief, a man, Add to which, that every version renders it 'a thousand men.'

(15) A new jawbone.--Literally, a moist jawbone--i.e., the jawbone of an animal recently dead, and before the bone had become brittle. In this instance, at any rate, Samson might feel himself absolved from the rule of ceremonial cleanness, which forbad him as a Nazarite to touch carcases. A jawbone is a mighty magic weapon in one of the Polynesian legends (Grey, Polyn. Mythology, p. 35), but that throws no light on this narrative.

Slew a thousand men.--The verb is rather smote than "slew," and the expression (whether due to poetry or not) is to be taken generally, like "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." If Goliath was able single-handed to strike terror into the whole army of Israel, Samson with his long locks and colossal strength would be still more likely to strike a terror into the Philistines, and all the more because a supernatural awe was doubtless attached by this time to his name and person. The very fact that, though armed only with this wretched weapon of offence, he yet dared to rush upon the Philistines would make them fly in wilder panic (Joshua 23:10). "One man of you shall chase a thousand; for the Lord your God He it is that fighteth for you, as He hath promised you." (Comp. Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 32:30.) So we read that one of David's heroes slew three hundred men (1Chronicles 11:11; comp. 2Samuel 23:8). The Philistines, dull and superstitious, seem to have been peculiarly liable to these panics (1Samuel 14:4-18). Bishop Patrick quotes a striking parallel from a song on the Emperor Aurelian.

Verse 15. - A most vivid and stirring description! The Spirit of the Lord (Judges 14:19), with that suddenness which marks his extraordinary movements (1 Kings 18:12; 2 Kings 2:16; Acts 2:2; Acts 8:39, etc.), came upon Samson, and mightily strengthened him in his outer man. The strong new cords snapped asunder in an instant, and before the Philistines could recover from their terror at seeing their great enemy free, he had snatched up the heavy jawbone of an ass recently dead, and with it smote the flying Philistines till a thousand of them had fallen under his blows. And he found a new jawbone of an ass,.... That is, the jawbone of an ass lately killed, which perhaps had some of the flesh upon it, the blood or purulent matter on it; for Jarchi says, he had read in the books of physicians, that the word here used signifies the sanies or purulent matter of a wound; however, it was moist, and fresh, and so tough and strong, and would bear to strike with, and give hard blows with, when an old jawbone would have been dry and brittle; and perhaps the asses of those countries were larger than ours, and so their jawbones bigger and stronger:

and put forth his hand and took it; it lay near him, being so disposed by the providence of God at the time and place where his cords were loosed from him, and he reached and took it up:

and slew one thousand men therewith, such was his great strength, that every blow he gave in all probability killed a man; there have been wonderful things done by mighty warriors, but none like this; they have by the use of warlike weapons destroyed many, as with the sword or spear, but not with such an instrument. One of David's worthies slew three hundred men at one time with his spear, 1 Chronicles 11:11 and Scanderbeg with his sword slew great numbers of the Turks with his own hand at different times; what comes nearest to this is Shamgar's killing six hundred Philistines with an ox goad, Judges 3:31, this may be an emblem of the weak and contemptible means of the Gospel, the foolishness of preaching, by which Christ has conquered and subdued multitudes to himself. 15:9-17 Sin dispirits men, it hides from their eyes the things that belong to their peace. The Israelites blamed Samson for what he had done against the Philistines, as if he had done them a great injury. Thus our Lord Jesus did many good works, and for those the Jews were ready to stone him. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, his cords were loosed: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, and those are free indeed who are thus set free. Thus Christ triumphed over the powers of darkness that shouted against him, as if they had him in their power. Samson made great destruction among the Philistines. To take the bone of an ass for this, was to do wonders by the foolish things of the world, that the excellency of the power might be of God, not of man. This victory was not in the weapon, was not in the arm; but it was in the Spirit of God, which moved the weapon by the arm. We can do all things through Him that strengtheneth us. Seest thou a poor Christian, who is enabled to overcome a temptation by weak, feeble counsel, there is the Philistine vanquished by a sorry jaw-bone.
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