Judges 15:20
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New International Version
Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

New Living Translation
Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land.

English Standard Version
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

New American Standard Bible
So he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

King James Bible
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And he judged Israel 20 years in the days of the Philistines.

International Standard Version
Samson governed Israel for twenty years during the Philistine domination.

NET Bible
Samson led Israel for twenty years during the days of Philistine prominence.

New Heart English Bible
He judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson judged Israel for 20 years during the time of the Philistines.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

New American Standard 1977
So he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

King James 2000 Bible
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

American King James Version
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

American Standard Version
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Darby Bible Translation
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

English Revised Version
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he judged Israel, in the days of the Philistines, twenty years.

World English Bible
He judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Young's Literal Translation
And he judgeth Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
Study Bible
Samson Defeats the Philistines
19But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his strength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it En-hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day. 20So he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
Cross References
Hebrews 11:32
And what more shall I say? Time will not allow me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets,

Judges 13:1
Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.

Judges 16:31
Then his brothers and all his father's household came down, took him, brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. Thus he had judged Israel twenty years.
Treasury of Scripture

And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Judges 13:1,5 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD…

Judges 16:31 Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and …

He seems to have judged South-west Israel during twenty years of their servitude of the Philistines.

(20) And he judged Israel.--Probably, as Jephthah had done, with the sort of vague prerogatives of a military hero. Why the verse is found here, as though to close the narrative (comp. Judges 12:7, &c.), and is again repeated in Judges 16:31, we cannot say. The next chapter belongs mainly to Samson's fall and humiliation. These twenty years probably fell within the contemporary judgeship of Eli.

Verse 20. - And he judged Israel, etc. See ch. 16:81. It looks as if it had been the intention to close the history of Samson with these Words, but that ch. 16. was subsequently added, possibly from other sources. Compare the close of chs. 20. and 21. of the Gospel of St. John. A possible explanation, however, of this verse being placed here is that it results from the statement in ver. 19, that Samson's spirit came again, and he revived, or came to life again, after being on the very point of death; and, adds the writer, he judged Israel after this for twenty years.



And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. While they had the power over the Israelites, who were not entirely delivered out of their hands by Samson, he only began to deliver them, but did not completely do it; though he got many advantages over them, and wrought many salvations and deliverances, yet was not the author of perfect salvation, see Judges 13:5 however, he was a check upon the Philistines, and protected the Israelites from heavier oppressions, which otherwise they would have come under; and no doubt administered justice and judgment among them, and was an instrument of their reformation, and of preserving them from idolatry; for in such things the work of a judge chiefly lay: some from hence observe, that this shows the years of servitude and bondage are included in the years of the judges. 15:18-20 So little notice did the men of Judah take of their deliverer, that he was ready to perish for want of a draught of water. Thus are the greatest slights often put upon those who do the greatest services. Samson prayed to God in this distress. Those that forget to attend God their praises, may be compelled to attend him with their prayers. Past experiences of God's power and goodness, are excellent pleas in prayer for further mercy. He pleads his being exposed to God's enemies; our best pleas are taken from God's glory. The Lord sent him seasonable relief. The place of this action was, from the jaw-bone, called Lehi. And in the place thus called, God caused a fountain suddenly and seasonably to open, close by Samson. We should be more thankful for the mercy of water, did we consider how ill we can spare it. Israel submitted to him whom they had betrayed. God was with him; henceforward they were directed by him as their judge.
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