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Judges 15:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of an ass have I smitten a thousand men.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Samson said, With the jaw-bone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, a heap, two heaps, With the jawbone of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass,—have I piled them up in heaps! With the jawbone of an ass, have I smitten a thousand men!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Samson saith, 'With a jaw-bone of the ass—an ass upon asses—with a jaw-bone of the ass I have smitten a thousand men.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And he said: With the jawbone of an ass, with the jaw of the colt of asses, I have destroyed them, and have slain a thousand men.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Samson said, With the iawbone of an asse, heapes vpon heapes, with the iaw of an asse haue I slaine a thousand men.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Samson{gr.Sampson} said, With the jaw-bone of an ass I have utterly destroyed them, for with the jaw-bone of an ass I have smitten a thousand men.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Shimshon said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And imn שִׁמשׁוֹן 8123
{8123} Prime
שִׁמְשׁוֹן
Shimshown
{shim-shone'}
From H8121; sunlight; Shimshon, an Israelite.
said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
With the jawbone 3895
{3895} Prime
לְחִי
l@chiy
{lekh-ee'}
From an unused root meaning to be soft; the cheek (from its fleshiness); hence the jaw bone.
of an ass, 2543
{2543} Prime
חֲמוֹר
chamowr
{kham-ore'}
From H2560; a male ass (from its dun red).
heaps y2565
[2565] Standard
חֲמוֹרָה
chamorah
{kham-o-raw'}
From H2560 (compare H2563); a heap.
upon heaps, 2565
{2565} Prime
חֲמוֹרָה
chamorah
{kham-o-raw'}
From H2560 (compare H2563); a heap.
with the jaw 3895
{3895} Prime
לְחִי
l@chiy
{lekh-ee'}
From an unused root meaning to be soft; the cheek (from its fleshiness); hence the jaw bone.
of an ass 2543
{2543} Prime
חֲמוֹר
chamowr
{kham-ore'}
From H2560; a male ass (from its dun red).
have I slain 5221
{5221} Prime
נָכָה
nakah
{naw-kaw'}
A primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively).
z8689
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
a thousand 505
{0505} Prime
אֶלֶף
'eleph
{eh'-lef}
Properly the same as H0504; hence (an ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand.
men. 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Judges 15:9-17.


Judges 15:16

_ _ With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men — The inadequacy of the weapon plainly shows this to have been a miraculous feat, “a case of supernatural strength,” just as the gift of prophecy is a case of supernatural knowledge [Chalmers].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Judges 15:9-17.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Judges 15:16

Slain a thousand men — What could be too hard for him to do, on whom the Spirit of the Lord came mightily? It was strange the men of Judah did now at least come in to his assistance. But he was to be a type of him, who trod the wine — press alone.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
with the jawbone:
There is here a fine paronomasia upon the word chamor, "an ass," which also signifies "a heap;" bilchee hachamor, chamor chamorathayim, "With the jaw-bone of an ass, a heap upon two heaps."

heaps upon heaps:
Heb. an heap, two heaps,
Judges 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.
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