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Judges 15

 
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1 καὶ ἐγένετο με{Q'} ἡμέρας ἐν ἡμέραις θερισμοῦ πυρῶν καὶ ἐπεσκέψατο Σαμψων τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ φέρων ἔριφον αἰγῶν καὶ εἶπεν εἰσελεύσομαι πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκά μου εἰς τὸν κοιτῶνα καὶ οὐκ ἀφῆκεν αὐτὸν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῆς εἰσελθεῖν πρὸς αὐτήν 2 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῆς εἴπας εἶπα ὅτι μισῶν ἐμίσησας αὐτήν καὶ ἔδωκα αὐτὴν τῷ συνεταίρῳ σου οὐκ ἰδοὺ ἡ ἀδελφὴ αὐτῆς ἡ νεωτέρα κρείσσων αὐτῆς ἐστιν ἔστω δή σοι ἀντὶ αὐτῆς 3 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Σαμψων ἀθῷός εἰμι τὸ ἅπαξ ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ὅτι ἐγὼ ποιῶ με{Q'} ὑμῶν κακά 4 καὶ ἐπορεύθη Σαμψων καὶ συνέλαβεν τριακοσίας ἀλώπεκας καὶ ἔλαβεν λαμπάδας καὶ συνέδησεν κέρκον πρὸς κέρκον καὶ ἔθηκεν λαμπάδα μίαν ἀνὰ μέσον τῶν δύο κέρκων ἐν τῷ μέσῳ 5 καὶ ἐξῆψεν πῦρ ἐν ταῖς λαμπάσιν καὶ ἐξαπέστειλεν εἰς τὰ δράγματα τῶν ἀλλοφύλων καὶ ἐνεπύρισεν τοὺς στάχυας καὶ τὰ προτεθερισμένα ἀπὸ στοιβῆς καὶ ἕως ἑστῶτος καὶ ἕως ἀμπελῶνος καὶ ἐλαίας 6 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι τίς ἐποίησεν ταῦτα καὶ εἶπαν Σαμψων ὁ γαμβρὸς τοῦ Θαμναθαίου ὅτι ἔλαβεν τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὴν τῷ συνεταίρῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ ἐνεπύρισαν τὴν οἰκίαν τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῆς καὶ αὐτὴν καὶ τὸν πατέρα αὐτῆς ἐν πυρί 7 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψων ἐὰν ποιήσητε οὕτως οὐκ εὐδοκήσω ἀλλὰ τὴν ἐκδίκησίν μου ἐξ ἑνὸς καὶ ἑκάστου ὑμῶν ποιήσομαι 8 καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ μηρὸν πληγὴν μεγάλην καὶ κατέβη καὶ κατῴκει παρὰ τῷ χειμάρρῳ ἐν τῷ σπηλαίῳ Ηταμ 9 καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ παρενεβάλοσαν ἐπὶ τὸν Ιουδαν καὶ ἐξερρίφησαν ἐν Λεχι 10 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτοῖς πᾶς ἀνὴρ Ιουδα ἵνα τί ἀνέβητε ἐ{F'} ἡμᾶς καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι δῆσαι τὸν Σαμψων καὶ ποιῆσαι αὐτῷ ὃν τρόπον ἐποίησεν ἡμῖν 11 καὶ κατέβησαν τρεῖς χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν ἐξ Ιουδα ἐπὶ τὴν ὀπὴν τῆς πέτρας Ηταμ καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς Σαμψων οὐκ οἶδας ὅτι ἄρχουσιν ἡμῶν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ ἵνα τί ταῦτα ἐποίησας ἡμῖν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψων καθὼς ἐποίησαν ἡμῖν οὕτως ἐποίησα αὐτοῖς 12 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ τοῦ δῆσαί σε κατέβημεν καὶ παραδοῦναί σε εἰς χεῖρας ἀλλοφύλων καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψων ὀμόσατέ μοι μὴ ἀποκτεῖναί με ὑμεῖς καὶ παράδοτέ με αὐτοῖς μήποτε ἀπαντήσητε ὑμεῖς ἐν ἐμοί 13 καὶ ὤμοσαν αὐτῷ λέγοντες οὐχί ἀλλὰ δεσμῷ δήσομέν σε καὶ παραδώσομέν σε εἰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν θανάτῳ δὲ οὐ θανατώσομέν σε καὶ ἔδησαν αὐτὸν δύο καλωδίοις καινοῖς καὶ ἀνήγαγον αὐτὸν ἐκ τῆς πέτρας 1 Some time had passed, and they were cutting the wheat already, when Samson went to visit his wife, bringing a kid from his herd as a present to her. But now her father would not let him pass into her inner room, as his wont had been; 2 Why, he said, I thought past all doubt thou hadst grown weary of her, so I gave her in marriage to one of thy friends. But there is a younger sister of hers, and a fairer still; she shall be thy wife instead. 3 From this day onward, Samson answered, the Philistines are to blame, not I, if I do them despite. 4 Away he went, and caught three hundred foxes; roped them, tail to tail, with fire-brands between, 5 and so turned them loose, with the fire-brands alight. Soon they were among the crops of the Philistines, which caught fire, stooks and standing corn alike, and set fire in their turn to olive-yard and vineyard. 6 When the Philistines enquired about the author of this, they were told how Samson’s wife had been taken from him and given to one of his friends, and this was his revenge on his father-in-law. Whereupon they made their way to Thamnatha, and burned both the woman and her father alive. 7 Well, said Samson, you have had your way, but I will make you suffer for it before I have done with you; 8 and with that he made such a massacre that all sat huddled in fear of him.[1]

Then he left them, and went to live in a cave on the Rock of Etam. 9 And now the Philistines invaded Juda, encamping, with little order, about the place afterwards called Lechi, the Jaw-bone; 10 and when the men of Juda asked on what errand they came, they said they had come to make Samson prisoner, and take vengeance on him for all the ill he had done them. 11 So three thousand men of Juda went to the cave on the Rock of Etam; What are these wild doings of thine? they asked Samson. Dost thou not know that the Philistines have the upper hand of us? Nay, said he, I did but serve them as they served me first. 12 Our purpose, they said, is to hand thee over bound to the Philistines. Swear to me then, answered Samson, that you will not kill me yourselves. 13 Kill thee? said they. No, we will not kill thee; we will hand thee over as a prisoner. So bound he was, with two new ropes, and carried away from the Rock of Etam.
1 Post aliquantulum autem temporis, cum dies triticeæ messis instarent, venit Samson, invisere volens uxorem suam, et attulit ei hædum de capris. Cumque cubiculum ejus solito vellet intrare, prohibuit eum pater illius, dicens: 2 Putavi quod odisses eam, et ideo tradidi illam amico tuo: sed habet sororem, quæ junior et pulchrior illa est: sit tibi pro ea uxor. 3 Cui Samson respondit: Ab hac die non erit culpa in me contra Philisthæos: faciam enim vobis mala. 4 Perrexitque et cepit trecentas vulpes, caudasque earum junxit ad caudas, et faces ligavit in medio: 5 quas igne succendens, dimisit ut huc illucque discurrerent. Quæ statim perrexerunt in segetes Philisthinorum. Quibus succensis, et comportatæ jam fruges, et adhuc stantes in stipula, concrematæ sunt, in tantum ut vineas quoque et oliveta flamma consumeret. 6 Dixeruntque Philisthiim: Quis fecit hanc rem? Quibus dictum est: Samson gener Thamnathæi: quia tulit uxorem ejus, et alteri tradidit, hæc operatus est. Ascenderuntque Philisthiim, et combusserunt tam mulierem quam patrem ejus. 7 Quibus ait Samson: Licet hæc feceritis, tamen adhuc ex vobis expetam ultionem, et tunc quiescam. 8 Percussitque eos ingenti plaga, ita ut stupentes suram femori imponerent. Et descendens habitavit in spelunca petræ Etam. 9 Igitur ascendentes Philisthiim in terram Juda, castrametati sunt in loco, qui postea vocatus est Lechi, id est, Maxilla, ubi eorum effusus est exercitus. 10 Dixeruntque ad eos de tribu Juda: Cur ascendistis adversum nos? Qui responderunt: Ut ligemus Samson venimus, et reddamus ei quæ in nos operatus est. 11 Descenderunt ergo tria millia virorum de Juda ad specum silicis Etam, dixeruntque ad Samson: Nescis quod Philisthiim imperent nobis? quare hoc facere voluisti? Quibus ille ait: Sicut fecerunt mihi, sic feci eis. 12 Ligare, inquiunt, te venimus, et tradere in manus Philisthinorum. Quibus Samson: Jurate, ait, et spondete mihi quod non occidatis me. 13 Dixerunt: Non te occidemus, sed vinctum trademus. Ligaveruntque eum duobus novis funibus, et tulerunt eum de petra Etam.
14 καὶ αὐτὸς ἦλθεν ἕως Σιαγόνος καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι ἠλάλαξαν εἰς ἀπάντησιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔδραμον εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῦ καὶ κατηύθυνεν ἐ{P'} αὐτὸν πνεῦμα κυρίου καὶ ἐγένοντο τὰ καλώδια τὰ ἐν τοῖς βραχίοσιν αὐτοῦ ὡσεὶ στιππύον ἡνίκα ἂν ὀσφρανθῇ πυρός καὶ διελύθησαν οἱ δεσμοὶ ἀπὸ τῶν βραχιόνων αὐτοῦ 15 καὶ εὗρεν σιαγόνα ὄνου ἐρριμμένην ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ καὶ ἐξέτεινεν τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐν αὐτῇ χιλίους ἄνδρας 16 καὶ εἶπεν Σαμψων ἐν σιαγόνι ὄνου ἐξαλείφων ἐξήλειψα αὐτούς ὅτι ἐν σιαγόνι ὄνου ἐπάταξα χιλίους ἄνδρας 17 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα συνετέλεσεν λαλῶν καὶ ἔρριψεν τὴν σιαγόνα ἀπὸ τῆς χειρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐκάλεσεν τὸν τόπον ἐκεῖνον Ἀναίρεσις σιαγόνος 18 καὶ ἐδίψησεν σφόδρα καὶ ἐβόησεν πρὸς κύριον καὶ εἶπεν σὺ ἔδωκας ἐν χειρὶ τοῦ δούλου σου τὴν σωτηρίαν τὴν μεγάλην ταύτην καὶ νῦν ἀποθανοῦμαι ἐν δίψει καὶ ἐμπεσοῦμαι ἐν χειρὶ τῶν ἀπεριτμήτων 19 καὶ ἤνοιξεν ὁ θεὸς τὸ τραῦμα τῆς σιαγόνος καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἐξ αὐτοῦ ὕδατα καὶ ἔπιεν καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ καὶ ἀνέψυξεν διὰ τοῦτο ἐκλήθη τὸ ὄνομα αὐτῆς Πηγὴ ἐπίκλητος σιαγόνος ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης 14 Loud was the Philistines’ cry of triumph that went up to meet him at Lechi; but suddenly the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and his bonds parted and snapped like scorched tow. 15 No weapon had he, but he found a bone lying there, an ass’s jaw-bone; took that instead, and killed a thousand men with it. 16 With the bone of an ass, he cried, I have made bones of them; with the bone of an ass a thousand men lie slain.[2] 17 This song sung, he threw the jaw-bone away; and the name he gave to the place was Ramath-Lechi, the Brandishing of the Jaw-bone. 18 But now he was thirsty, and made his complaint to the Lord, Here is a servant of thine, whom thou hast used to win a great victory, a great deliverance, and dying of thirst! Wilt thou leave me, after all, at the mercy of men uncircumcised? 19 And at that, the Lord made the hollow cleft which is called the Tooth of the Jaw-bone, and water came out of it;[3] so he drank, and his spirits revived, and his strength returned to him. The place has been called the Praying Well of Lechi ever since. 14 Qui cum venisset ad locum Maxillæ, et Philisthiim vociferantes occurrissent ei, irruit spiritus Domini in eum: et sicut solent ad odorem ignis lina consumi, ita vincula, quibus ligatus erat, dissipata sunt et soluta. 15 Inventamque maxillam, id est, mandibulam asini, quæ jacebat, arripiens interfecit in ea mille viros, 16 et ait:

In maxilla asini,
in mandibula pulli asinarum,
delevi eos,
et percussi mille viros.
17 Cumque hæc verba canens complesset, projecit mandibulam de manu, et vocavit nomen loci illius Ramathlechi, quod interpretatur, Elevatio maxillæ. 18 Sitiensque valde, clamavit ad Dominum, et ait: Tu dedisti in manu servi tui salutem hanc maximam atque victoriam: en siti morior, incidamque in manus incircumcisorum. 19 Aperuit itaque Dominus molarem dentem in maxilla asini, et egressæ sunt ex eo aquæ. Quibus haustis, refocillavit spiritum, et vires recepit. Idcirco appellatum est nomen loci illius, Fons invocantis de maxilla, usque in præsentem diem.
20 καὶ ἔκρινεν τὸν Ισραηλ ἐν ἡμέραις ἀλλοφύλων ἔτη εἴκοσι 20 For twenty years after that, while the Philistine troubles lasted, Samson was ruler of Israel. 20 Judicavitque Israël in diebus Philisthiim viginti annis.
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