hands of the Philistines
13:1 hands of the Philistines. The Philistines attacked and subjugated the Israelite tribes on the west as the Ammonites did from the east (Judges 10:7). The Lord raised up Samson for deliverance from the Philistines and Jephthah from the Ammonites. It is possible that, to some extent, the judgeships of Jephthah and Samson were contemporaneous, although this is still quite uncertain.