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Samson – Day 16

Judges 15:16-17

Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.

The Thought

Some translations have this verse saying With a donkey’s jawbone I have made a heap of them. That is because the word for “donkey” in Hebrew sounds like the word for “heap”. We can imagine there being a heap of dead bodies after Samson had finished brandishing the jawbone with force! What an awful sight that must have been for passers by, and what a memorial and reminder to those who thought they could overcome Samson, even in large numbers. He was God’s chosen one, and nothing would stop him until God’s timing was right!

Having got rid of the Philistines once more, Samson discarded the jawbone, and that place became known as “Ramath Lehi” which means Jawbone hill!

There seems to be no written record of just how many Philistines Samson killed in the strange things he did and reactions he had, but God certainly used him mightily in very unusual ways!


Do you ever wonder how a certain place got it’s name. Imagine how many people walked over “Jawbone Hill” in the days following this event. Maybe not too many did because of the memory of what happened there.

Think about some of the places you like to visit. Why do you go there? To see the scenery? Because of the history? Personal memories?

Think today about the timing of major events in your life, can you see God’s hand on them as you look back. Thank Him for each event you remember and pray for others who were involved. What effect did those events have on your life?

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