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Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?”

They said, “Samson the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” So the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire. Bible

“burned her and her father with fire.” The Philistines killed the Timnite and his whole family. To the Philistines, the Timnite and his family were a problem. There had already been a problem in Ashkelon when Samson killed 30 Philistines to have their clothes (Judg. 14:19), now the Timnites’ dealings with Samson had cost them that year’s wheat harvest as well as damaged vineyard and olive groves. So the Philistines killed the household of the Timnite. Although the accepted Massoretic text just reads, “father,” the Septuagint, Syriac, and a number of Hebrew manuscripts read “father’s house,” meaning the whole household, and that makes sense because the Philistines would not just execute the woman and her father but would get rid of the entire troublemaking family (cp. Barry Webb, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Judges).


Commentary for: Judges 15:6