Judges 15:9, 10: The Hunt for Samson

Verse 9:[1] Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves (Judg. 15:19) in Lehi.


[The Philistine, going up] Properly: For it is an ascent from Palestine proper into Judea (Drusius).


Pitched in Judah: The rock Etam was in Judah: see 1 Chronicles 4:32; 2 Chronicles 11:5, 6.



[They camped, וַיִּנָּטְשׁוּ[2]] And they extended themselves (Pagnine, Montanus); and they were spread out, or, they spread themselves, after the manner of the making camp (Vatablus): and they were left/remained (Munster).


Spread themselves, as coming in great numbers with a powerful host.


[At Lehi, בַּלֶּחִי] In Lehi (Pagnine, Montanus, Vatablus). Thus the name of the place was called afterwards from the outcome of the matter (Vatablus); namely, from the jaw of an ass[3] (Bonfrerius).

Lehi; a place so called by anticipation, Judges 15:17.