Devotional Readings, M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

Judges 15 – The Jaw Bone of an Ass…

The story of Samson is always painful to read. I hope you are finding reading it enlightening. This was a time when the Philistines ruled over God’s people.

Jdg 10:6  And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.

Jdg 10:7  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.

Judges 13:5  For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

Judges 15:11  Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

Here is the ending of this part of the story of Sampson.

Jdg 15:15  And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

Jdg 15:16  And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

Jdg 15:17  And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

Jdg 15:18  And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?

Jdg 15:19  But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

Jdg 15:20  And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Those two interesting names mean:

Ra’math-le’hi. (Smith) (hill of the jawbone or hill of Lehi). The name bestowed by Samson, on the scene of his slaughter of the thousand Philistines, with the jaw bone, Jdg 15:17, a place by the rock Elam, in western Judah of the Philistin.

Enhakkore (Fausette)

(“fount of him who cried”.) (See LEHI.) It burst out at Samson’s, cry, when athirst after slaying a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone (Jdg 15:19; Psa 34:6). As the rocky precipice was named Lehi, “the jawbone,” so the hollow place in the rock was named Maktesh, “the tooth hollow.” Samson cried to Jehovah (“God of grace”), and Elohim (“God of nature”) split the hollow place at Lehi, so that water came out of it, as at Horeb and Kadesh (Exo 17:6; Num 20:8; Num 20:11), and the fountain was called “the fount of him who cried in Lehi.”

Gill writes:

and called the place Ramathlehi; that is, the casting away the jawbone, so Kimchi; but Ben Gersom thinks it was an high place where it was thrown, and so signifies the elevation or lifting up of the “jawbone”, as the Septuagint version renders it.

wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore; that is,”the fountain of him that was calling;”of Samson that called upon God in prayer, and was heard, in memory of which he gave it this name; so the Targum,”therefore its name was called the fountain that was given through the prayer of Samson:”

which is in Lehi unto this day; or in the jawbone: not that the jawbone continued unto the time of the writer of this book, but the name of the place where this miracle was wrought, which was in Lehi, continued to be called Enhakkore unto that time, and it may be the fountain itself continued also; nay, Giycas (p) says, who lived but about six hundred years ago, that the fountain continued unto his time, and was to be seen in the suburbs of Eleutheropolis, and was called the fountain of the jawbone.

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