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And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

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.

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