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LEHI (lē'hī, Heb. lehî, jawbone, cheek). A place in Judah between the cliff Etam and Philistia, otherwise unknown, where Samson killed a thousand Philistines with a jawbone (Judg.15.9, Judg.15.14). Samson’s exploit changed its name to Ramath Lehi (“the hill of the jawbone”)

LEHI le’ hī (לֶֽחִי. jawbone, LXX Σιαγων, Judges 15:9, 14, 19). An unknown site in Judah where Samson slew 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Perhaps Lehi was located between Zorah and Timnah, in the area of Beth-shemesh. It is identified by F. F. Bruce (NBC, p. 253) with Khirbet es-Siyyaj (the ruin of Siyyaj) with some possible semantic connection between Gr. Σιαγων and the modern Arab. place name. The site has a craggy appearance. Josephus and some Gr. VSS used the Gr. word for the passage in Judges.

Samson was bound and delivered to the Philistines by his fellow tribesmen who hoped thereby to avoid retaliation for his depredations. He broke the bonds, seized a jawbone, and slew 1,000 Philistines.

See also

  • Ramath Lehi