Judges 14–15: One Mistake after Another

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 87

Although Samson was born with great promises and blessings, Judges 14–15 tells us how he misused those God-given gifts. The blessings Samson was promised were just like the blessings promised us in our patriarchal blessings—the promises and blessings are only fulfilled when we live worthy of them (see D&C 130:20–21). As you read, think about what Samson’s actions teach us about his focus in life.

Understanding the Scriptures

Judges 14

Occasion (v. 4)An opportunity to confront 
Had dominion (v. 4)Ruled 
Rent (v. 6)Tore 
Carcase (vv. 8–9)Dead body 
Expound, expounded (vv. 14, 19)Explain, explained 
Entice (v. 15)Persuade, urge 
Spoil (v. 19)Goods 

Judges 15

Chamber (v. 1)Room 
Firebrands, brands (vv. 4–5)Torches 
Be avenged (v. 7)Get revenge 
Fast (v. 13)Tight 

Judges 14:6, 19; 15:14—“The Spirit of the Lord Came Mightily upon Him”

In these instances, when we read that “the Spirit of the Lord” was upon Samson, it means that at one time he was living worthy to have the Spirit, which he lost as he became prideful and disobedient.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Judges 14–15.

Activity A iconWhat’s the Problem?

  1. 1.

    Make a chart like the following in your notebook, and fill it in with information you learn from the scripture reference listed:

  1. 2.

    Write about what you think Samson’s biggest weakness was (see Judges 14–15).