"As they did to me, so have I done to them" (v11). God was concerned with the Israelites and their oppression under Philistine rule, and therefore He called Samson to be their champion. Samson, however, was so destructive that the Israelites believed he was a bigger liability than a savior, and they personally gave him up into the hands of the Philistines (v12). Empowered by the Spirit, Samson broke free and struck down a thousand of his enemies (v14-17). He became Israel’s “judge” or warrior-leader for twenty years (v20).
God had given Samson a “great salvation” (v18) for Israel, yet he was his own worst enemy. Often our biggest need is for God to deliver us from ourselves.