Judges 14:19
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19  The spirit of Hashem gripped him. He went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of its men. He stripped them and gave the sets of clothing to those who had answered the riddle. And he left in a rage for his father’s house.

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יט  וַתִּצְלַח עָלָיו רוּחַ יְהֹוָה וַיֵּרֶד אַשְׁקְלוֹן וַיַּךְ מֵהֶם שְׁלֹשִׁים אִישׁ וַיִּקַּח אֶת־חֲלִיצוֹתָם וַיִּתֵּן הַחֲלִיפוֹת לְמַגִּידֵי הַחִידָה וַיִּחַר אַפּוֹ וַיַּעַל בֵּית אָבִיהוּ׃

 14:19   The spirit of Hashem gripped him

According to Rashi, when the Bible says that the “spirit of Hashem” rested upon Shimshon, it means that God gave him a strong, heroic spirit, meaning a type of spiritual strength that helps him recognize Hashem’s guidance and channel all of his powers into serving Him.  Thus, it is this spiritual strength that enables Shimshon to use his great physical strength against the Philistines.  There is a difference between the physical strength within our bodies and spiritual strength, which helps us meet all challenges to do God’s will.  Shimshon has both.

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  • PAULINE ALLEN

    THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM MIGHTLY, AND HE WENT DOWN TO ASHKELON AND KILLED THIRTY OF THEM AND TOOK THEIR GEAR, AND GAVE THEM CHANGES OF CLOTHES WHO HAD EXPLAINED THE RIDDLE, AND HIS ANGER BURNED, AND HE WENT UP TO HIS FATHER'S HOUSE, BUT SAMSON'S WAS GIVEN TO HIS COMPANION WHO HAD BEEN HIS FRIEND.

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Judges 14:19

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