Samson's escape from Gaza
16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an
harlot, and went in to her.
16:2 [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.
16:3 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.
16:4 And it came to pass afterward, that he
loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name [was] Delilah.
16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength [lies],
and by what [means] we may prevail against him, that we may bind
him to afflict him and we will give ya'll every one of us eleven
hundred [pieces] of silver.
16:6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell
me, I pray ya'll , wherein your great strength [lies], and
by which you mightest be bound to afflict ya'll .
16:7 And Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were
never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
16:8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green
withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
16:9 Now [there were] men lying in wait, abiding with her in the
chamber. And she said to him, The Philistines [be] upon ya'll ,
Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when
it touches the fire. So his strength was not known.
16:10 And Delilah said to Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told
me lies now tell me, I pray ya'll , by which you mightest be
16:11 And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new
ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as
16:12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound
him therewith, and said to him, The Philistines [be] upon ya'll ,
Samson. And [there were] liers in wait abiding in the chamber.
And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.
16:13 And Delilah said to Samson, Hitherto you have mocked me, and told
me lies tell me by which you mightest be bound. And he said to her, If you weavest the seven locks of my head with the
16:14 And she fastened [it] with the pin, and said to him,
The Philistines [be] upon ya'll , Samson. And he awaked out of his
sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
16:15 And she said to him, How canst you say, I love ya'll ,
when your heart [is] not with me? you have mocked me these
three times, and have not told me wherein your great strength
16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily
with her words, and urged him, [so] that his soul was vexed to death ;
16:17 That he told her all his heart, and said to her,
There has not come a razor upon mine head ; for I [have been] a
Nazarite to 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.
16:18 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 has shown me all
his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her,
and brought money in their hand.
16:19 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.
16:20 And she said, The
Philistines [be] upon ya'll , 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
16:21 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.
16:22 Howbeit the hair of
his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
16:22 Then the
lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a
great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice for they
said, Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
16:24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god for
they said, Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, and
the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.
16:25 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.
Samson's tragic death
16:26 And Samson said to the lad that held
him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon
the house stands, that I may lean upon them.
16:27 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
16:28 And Samson called to the LORD, and said, O Lord
GOD, remember me, I pray you, and strengthen me, I pray you,
only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the
Philistines for my two eyes.
16:29 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.
16:30 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.
16:31 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
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6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8
9 || Chapter 10
11 || Chapter 12 || Chapter 13
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18
19 || Chapter 20