Samson’s marriage led to a complicated quarrel, during which he burned the standing corn of the Philistines by means of firebrands tied to the tails of foxes, and also slaughtered a great number of his enemies. He then went and dwelt at the top of the rock Etam, but God meant him to do far more for the overthrow of Israel’s enemies, and therefore gave him but little respite.
This was probably the valley at the foot of Samsons stronghold, afterwards called Lehi, or the place of the jawbone.
The men of Judah had sunk to the condition of vassals, and were forced to be obsequious to their tyrant masters. Sin makes men cowards.
O miserable sight, these cowards are friends to their oppressors, and upbraid their best friend. How low were they sunk to talk in this fashion!
False brethren are our worst enemies, they will ruin us when our enemies cannot. Beware of hypocrites.
Does it not remind us of our Lord bound by those whom he came to deliver, and betrayed into the hands of his enemies?
This shout came a little too soon. It was soon turned into a shriek of dismay, and then into the silence of death.
The weapon matters little, the force lies in the arm. The Lord can use the weakest to overcome the strongest.
Like our greater champion, who exclaimed, “I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the people there was none with me.”
Or the casting away of the jawbone.
Samson knew how to pray and to pray in faith too: this was all along the saving point in his character.
But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw or in the place called Lehi or Jawbone
En-hakkore the fountain of him who prayed
which is in Lehi or the place called Jawbone
God, who helps his servants in great matters, sometimes allows them to be greatly tried by comparatively smaller trials, for an exercise of their faith. But he will not leave them in the minor difficulty. Where fell the jawbone from the hero’s hand, there rose a refreshing fountain to quench his thirst. God is never at a loss for supplies. We have but to trust him, and we shall do great things, and. receive great things.
By his personal prowess he turned aside Israel’s enemies, and established a settled government, God intending in his person to shew Israel how he could make one man chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.