The Meaning of Judges 15:17 Explained

Judges 15:17

KJV: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

YLT: And it cometh to pass when he finisheth speaking, that he casteth away the jaw-bone out of his hand, and calleth that place Ramath-Lehi;

Darby: When he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ra'math-le'hi.

ASV: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ramath-lehi.

What does Judges 15:17 Mean?

Study Notes

Ramathlehi
The hill of the jawbone.

Context Summary

Judges 15:9-20 - Mighty Against The Foe
To how low a depth had the men of Judah descended, that they should hand over their champion to their hereditary foes? The northern tribes that arose at the call of Gideon rebuked such cowardly treachery. There are things worse than defeat or death. To forfeit honor, to shirk duty, to fail in the supreme call of friendship and loyalty-these are the crimes that belittle the soul and court disgrace. What shall it profit, though we gain the whole world, if we lose our souls?
How inspiring is the thought that on us also the Spirit of the Lord may come mightily! There is no limit to his gracious and irresistible operations, save that imposed by the narrowness of our faith. Notice how the Apostle piles up his words in Ephesians 1:19. Whatever the cords of evil habits, woven through long years, and however entangling your circumstances, God's indwelling power can set you free. Yes, and that is not all: At the place where you have won your victories, there shall arise that fountain of water which is fed from the throne of God; and the soul, exhausted by its effort, shall drink and be revived. Lord, cause us so to drink! [source]

Chapter Summary: Judges 15

1  Samson is denied his wife
3  He burns the Philistines' corn with foxes and firebrands
6  His wife and her father are burnt by the Philistines
8  Samson smites them hip and thigh
9  He is bound by the men of Judah, and delivered to the Philistines
14  He kills them with a jawbone
18  God makes the fountain En-hakkore for him in Lehi

What do the individual words in Judges 15:17 mean?

And so it was when he had finished speaking that he threw the jawbone from his hand and called place that - Ramath Lehi
וַֽיְהִי֙ כְּכַלֹּת֣וֹ לְדַבֵּ֔ר וַיַּשְׁלֵ֥ךְ הַלְּחִ֖י מִיָּד֑וֹ וַיִּקְרָ֛א לַמָּק֥וֹם הַה֖וּא רָ֥מַת לֶֽחִי

וַֽיְהִי֙  And  so  it  was 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
כְּכַלֹּת֣וֹ  when  he  had  finished 
Parse: Preposition-k, Verb, Piel, Infinitive construct, third person masculine singular
Root: כָּלָה  
Sense: to accomplish, cease, consume, determine, end, fail, finish, be complete, be accomplished, be ended, be at an end, be finished, be spent.
לְדַבֵּ֔ר  speaking 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Piel, Infinitive construct
Root: דָּבַר 
Sense: to speak, declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, sing.
וַיַּשְׁלֵ֥ךְ  that  he  threw 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Hifil, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: שָׁלַךְ  
Sense: to throw, cast, hurl, fling.
הַלְּחִ֖י  the  jawbone 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: לְחִי  
Sense: jaw, cheek.
מִיָּד֑וֹ  from  his  hand 
Parse: Preposition-m, Noun, feminine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: יָד  
Sense: hand.
וַיִּקְרָ֛א  and  called 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: קָרָא  
Sense: to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim.
לַמָּק֥וֹם  place 
Parse: Preposition-l, Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: מָקֹום  
Sense: standing place, place.
הַה֖וּא  that 
Parse: Article, Pronoun, third person masculine singular
Root: הוּא 
Sense: he, she, it.
רָ֥מַת  - 
Parse:
לֶֽחִי  Ramath  Lehi 
Parse: Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: רָמַת לְחִי  
Sense: a place by the rock Elam in northern Judah near the border of the Philistines; named by Samson after his slaughter of the 000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.

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