Judges 15: 4-5 (New International Version)
4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing corn of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing corn, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
You may be reading this using the Firefox browser and wondering how that name might be connected to this tale of fiery foxes. More on that later.
Some commentators think the foxes mentioned here were, in fact, jackals. Unlike solitary foxes, jackals hunt in packs; what’s more, they were more prevalent than foxes. So, it would be easier to catch three hundred jackals than foxes and they, when tied in pairs, might run together, albeit in a ragged pattern, rather than just pull against each other. Be that as it may, the destruction wrought by Samson was great, striking at the root of the Philistine agrarian economy.
Is this an act to replicate today? No – it is a personal vendetta. While the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson earlier (14:19) and later (15:14) that is not mentioned in this episode. Only later does Samson turn to God in prayer (15:18). Seeking God is the first thing we should do when provoked.
The Firefox browser was earlier called Firebird and before that Phoenix, rising from the ashes of an earlier version still. It’s a long story, littered with copyright/trademark litigation, and, disappointingly, more connected to the Red Panda of the Himalayas than to this story.