5:21 The Kishon River carried them off;
the river confronted them 1 – the Kishon River.
Step on the necks of the strong! 2
16:30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed hard 3 and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during his life. 4
1 tn Possibly “the ancient river,” but it seems preferable in light of the parallel line (which has a verb) to emend the word (attested only here) to a verb (קָדַם, qadam) with pronominal object suffix.
2 tn This line is traditionally taken as the poet-warrior’s self-exhortation, “March on, my soul, in strength!” The present translation (a) takes the verb (a second feminine singular form) as addressed to Deborah (cf. v. 12), (b) understands נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) in its well-attested sense of “throat; neck” (cf. Jonah 2:6), (c) takes the final yod (י) on נַפְשִׁי (nafshiy) as an archaic construct indicator (rather than a suffix), and (d) interprets עֹז (’oz, “strength”) as an attributive genitive (literally, “necks of strength,” i.e., “strong necks”). For fuller discussion and various proposals, see B. Lindars, Judges 1-5, 270-71.
3 tn Heb “he stretched out with strength.”
4 tn Heb “And the ones whom he killed in his death were many more than he killed in his life.”