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Samson attacks the Philistines

Samson shows his strength against the Philistines.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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Samson left his wedding celebrations to return to his parents. Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson took a present of a young goat to his wife. Her father would not let Samson in and explained as he thought Samson hated her he had given her in marriage to his best man. He offered to give Samson another of his daughters in marriage instead. A furious Samson replied, ‘I cannot be blamed for everything I am going to do to you Philistines.’ – Slide 1
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Samson went out and caught 300 foxes. He tied their tails together in pairs, and fastened a torch to each pair of tails. Then he lit the torches and let the foxes run through the grain fields of the Philistines. – Slide 2
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Samson burned all their grain to the ground, including the sheaves and the uncut grain. He also destroyed their vineyards and olive groves. – Slide 3
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‘Who did this?’ the Philistines demanded. ‘Samson,’ was the reply, ‘because his father-in-law gave Samson’s wife to be married to his best man.’ So the Philistines went and got the woman and her father and burned them to death. – Slide 4
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When Samson heard what had happened he vowed, ‘I won’t rest until I take my revenge on you!’ So he attacked the Philistines with great fury, killing many of them. – Slide 5
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Then Samson went to live in a cave in the rock of Etam. – Slide 6
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The Philistines retaliated by setting up camp in Judah and spreading out near the town of Lehi. – Slide 7
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The men of Judah asked the Philistines, ‘Why are you attacking us?’ ‘The Philistines replied, We’ve come to capture Samson and pay him back for what he did to us.’ – Slide 8
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So 3,000 men of Judah went down to get Samson at the cave in Etam. They said to Samson, ‘Don’t you realise the Philistines rule over us? What are you doing to us?’ Samson replied, ‘I only did to them what they did to me.’ – Slide 9
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‘We have come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines,’ the men of Judah told Samson. When they promised not to kill him, Samson allowed them to tie him up with two new ropes. – Slide 10
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As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines shouted in triumph. But the Spirit of the Lord made Samson so powerful he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists. – Slide 11
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Samson picked up the jawbone of a dead donkey and killed 1,000 Philistines with it. Samson shouted, ‘With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve piled them in heaps!With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve killed a thousand men!’ The place was named Jawbone hill. – Slide 12
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Samson was really thirsty from his efforts so the Lord caused water to gush from a hollow in the ground at Lehi. Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land. – Slide 13
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