Judges 15:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 15:10, NIV: The people of Judah asked, 'Why have you come to fight us?' 'We have come to take Samson prisoner,' they answered, 'to do to him as he did to us.'

Judges 15:10, ESV: And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”

Judges 15:10, KJV: And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.

Judges 15:10, NASB: So the men of Judah said, 'Why have you come up against us?' And they said, 'We have come up to bind Samson in order to do to him as he did to us.'

Judges 15:10, NLT: The men of Judah asked the Philistines, 'Why are you attacking us?' The Philistines replied, 'We've come to capture Samson. We've come to pay him back for what he did to us.'

Judges 15:10, CSB: So the men of Judah said, "Why have you attacked us? "They replied, "We have come to tie Samson up and pay him back for what he did to us."

What does Judges 15:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Samson's private war with the Philistines (Judges 15:5–8) has elevated to a conflict between the Philistines and Israel (Judges 15:9), or at least the people of Judah. Samson's attacks were all motivated by personal vengeance. Yet the Lord intended to use Samson to spark conflict between the Philistines and Israel (Judges 13:5; 14:4). God plans to use Samson to shatter the Philistine's comfortable oppression of Israel, whether anyone was asking for liberation or not.

The Philistine army has set up a base, preparing to attack the people of Judah near where Samson is known to be hiding. The men of Judah have no idea why this is happening. They had accepted that the Philistines were rulers over them. What reason could the Philistines have for attacking them now? When Judah's men ask the Philistines this, they learn the truth. The army has come for one man, Samson. They want to catch him, tie him up, and do to him as he has done to them. In other words, they want to kill Samson in retribution for all he has done to their people.