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Samson’s Weakness

1 Now Samson went to aGaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her. 2 [When it was told] to the Gazites, saying, “Samson has come here,” they asurrounded [the place] and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, “[Let us wait] until the morning light, then we will kill him.” 3 Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.

[1] aJsh 15:47
[2] a1S 23:26; Ps 118:10-12

4 ¶ After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 The alords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “bEntice him, and see where his great strength [lies] and Ihow we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.” 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength is and Ihow you may be bound to afflict you.” 7 Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords that have not been dried, then I will become weak and be like any [other] man.” 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh cords that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had [men] lying in wait in an inner room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the cords as a string of tow snaps when it Itouches fire. So his strength was not discovered.

[5] ILit by what aJsh 13:3 bJg 14:15
[6] ILit by what
[9] ILit smells

10 ¶ Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me Ihow you may be bound.” 11 He said to her, “If they bind me tightly with new ropes Iwhich have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any [other] man.” 12 So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” For the [men] were lying in wait in the inner room. But he snapped Ithe ropes from his arms like a thread.

[10] ILit by what
[11] ILit with which work has not been done
[12] ILit them

13 ¶ Then Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me Ihow you may be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my IIhair with the web III[[and fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man.” 14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his Ihair and wove them into the web]]. And she fastened [it] with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled out the pin of the loom and the web.

[13] ILit by what IILit head IIIThe passage in brackets is found in Gr but not in any Heb mss
[14] ILit head

Delilah Extracts His Secret

15 ¶ Then she said to him, “aHow can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is.” 16 It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was Iannoyed to death. 17 So he told her all [that was] in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never come on my head, for I have been a aNazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any [other] man.”

[15] aJg 14:16
[16] ILit impatient to the point of
[17] aNu 6:2, 5; Jg 13:5

18 ¶ When Delilah saw that he had told her all [that was] in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all [that is] in his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his Ihair. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him. 20 She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that athe LORD had departed from him. 21 Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off.

[19] ILit head
[20] aNu 14:42, 43; Jsh 7:12; 1S 16:14

23 ¶ Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to aDagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said,
  “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands.”
24 When the people saw him, athey praised their god, for they said,
  “Our god has given our enemy into our hands,
  Even the destroyer of our country,
  Who has slain many of us.”
25 It so happened when Ithey were in high spirits, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may amuse us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he IIentertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars. 26 Then Samson said to the boy who was holding his hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the house was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there. And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Samson was amusing [them].

[23] a1S 5:2
[24] a1S 31:9; 1Ch 10:9; Ps 97:7
[25] ILit their heart was pleasant IILit made sport before them

Samson Is Avenged

28aThen Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord IGOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once bbe avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bent with Iall his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life. 31 Then his brothers and all his father’s household came down, took him, brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. aThus he had judged Israel twenty years.

[28] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aJg 15:18 bJr 15:15
[30] ILit strength
[31] aJg 15:20


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Samson at Gaza escapeth, and carrieth away the gates of the city.

1 ¶ Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her. 2 [And it was told] the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed [him] in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put [them] upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that [is] before Hebron.

[1] Gn 10:19; 38:16; Jsh 15:47; Ezr 9:1.
[2] Jg 15:18; 1S 19:11; 23:26; Ps 118:10; Mt 21:38; 27:1; Ac 9:24; 23:15; 2Co 11:32.
[3] Ps 107:16; Is 63:1; Mi 2:13; Ac 2:24.

Delilah, corrupted by the Philistines, enticeth Samson.

4 ¶ And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name [was] Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength [lieth], and by what [means] we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.

[4] 1K 11:1; Ne 13:26; Pv 22:14; 23:27; 26:11; 27:22; 1Co 10:6.
[5] Gn 33:16; Nu 22:17; Jsh 13:3; Jg 3:3; 14:15; 17:2; 1S 29:6; Pv 2:16; 5:3; 6:24; 7:21; Mi 7:3; Mt 26:15; 1Co 6:15; 1Ti 6:9.

Thrice she is deceived.

6 ¶ And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength [lieth], and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now [there were] men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And [there were] liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web. 14 And she fastened [it] with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.

[6] Ps 12:2; Pv 6:26; 7:21; 22:14; 26:28; Jr 9:2; Mi 7:2, 5.
[7] Jg 16:10; 1S 19:17; 21:2; 27:10; Pv 12:19; 17:7; Ro 3:8; Ga 6:7; Col 3:9.
[8] Ec 7:26.
[9] Ps 58:9.
[10] Jg 16:7, 13, 15; Pv 23:7; 24:28; Ezk 33:31; Lk 22:48.
[11] Pv 13:3, 5; 29:25; Ep 4:25.
[13] Jg 16:13.
[14] Ezr 9:13; Ps 106:43.

At last she overcometh him.

15 ¶ And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart [is] not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength [lieth]. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, [so] that his soul was vexed unto death; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I [have been] a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. 19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20 And she said, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

[15] Gn 29:20; Dt 6:5; Jg 14:16; 1S 15:13; 2S 16:17; Pv 2:16; 5:3; 23:26; So 8:6; Jn 14:15, 21; 15:10; 2Co 5:14; 1Jn 2:15; 5:3.
[16] Jb 21:4; Pv 7:21, 26; Jna 4:9; Mk 14:24; Lk 11:8; 18:5.
[17] Nu 6:5; Jg 13:5; Pv 12:23; 29:12; Mi 7:5; Ac 18:18.
[18] Nu 22:7; Jg 16:5; 1K 21:20; Ps 62:9; Pv 18:8; Jr 9:4; Mt 26:15; Ep 5:5; 1Ti 6:10.
[19] Pv 7:21, 26; 23:33; Ec 7:26.
[20] Nu 14:9, 42; Dt 32:30; Jsh 7:12; Jg 16:3, 9, 14; 1S 16:14; 18:12; 28:14; 2Ch 15:2; Is 42:24; 59:1; Jr 9:23; Ho 7:9; Mt 17:16, 20; 2Co 3:5.

The Philistines take him, and put out his eyes.

21 ¶ But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

[21] Ex 11:5; 2K 25:7; 2Ch 33:11; Ps 107:10; 149:8; Pv 2:19; 5:22; 14:14; Is 47:2; Mt 24:41.

His strength renewing, he pulleth down the house upon the Philistines, and dieth.

22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines [were] there; and [there were] upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with [all his] might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that [were] therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than [they] which he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought [him] up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

[22] Lv 26:44; Dt 32:36; Ps 106:44; 107:13.
[23] 1S 5:2; Jb 30:9; Ps 35:15; Pv 24:17; Jr 2:11; Mi 4:5; Ro 1:23; 1Co 8:4; 10:20.
[24] Dt 32:27; Jg 15:8, 16; Is 37:20; Ezk 20:14; Dn 5:4, 23; Hab 1:16; Rv 11:10.
[25] Jg 9:27; 18:20; 19:6, 9; 2S 13:28; 1K 20:12; Es 3:15; Jb 30:9; Ps 35:15; 69:12, 26; Pv 24:17; Is 22:13; Dn 5:2; Mi 7:8; Mt 14:6; 26:67; 27:29, 39; He 11:36.
[27] Dt 22:8; Jsh 2:8; Jg 9:51; 2S 11:2.
[28] Jg 5:31; 2Ch 20:12; Ps 50:15; 58:10; 74:18; 91:15; 116:4; 143:12; Jr 15:15; Lm 3:31; Jna 2:1, 7; 2Ti 4:14; He 11:32; Rv 6:10.
[29] Jg 16:29.
[30] Gn 3:15; Jg 14:19; 15:8, 15; Jb 20:5; 31:3; Ps 62:3; Ec 9:12; Mt 16:25; 24:38; Ac 20:24; 21:13; Php 2:8, 17, 30; Col 2:15; 1Th 5:2; He 2:14; 12:1.
[31] Jsh 19:41; Jg 13:2, 25; 15:20; Jn 19:39.


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