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Judges Chapter 16

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 here. 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 Hebrew: חֶבְרוֹן Ḥevrōn) is a Palestinian city in the southern West Bank, 19 mi south of Jerusalem. Nestled in the Judaean Mountains, it lies 3,050 ft above sea level. The city is often considered one of the four holy cities in Judaism as well as in Islam..

Delilah’s importunity

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 in which 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 you every one of us eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.
16:6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you , in which your great strength [lies], and by which you might be bound to afflict you .
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 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green fresh tendons 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 you , Samson. And he brake the tendons, 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 you , by which you might be bound.
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 another man.
16:12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, The Philistines [be] upon you , Samson. And [there were] lairs in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.
16:13 And Delilah said to Samson, Until now you have mocked me, and told me lies tell me by which you might be bound. And he said to her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.
16:14 And she fastened [it] with the pin, and said to him, The Philistines [be] upon you , Samson. And he awoke 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 can you say, I love you , when your heart [is] not with me? you have mocked me these three times, and have not told me in what respect your great strength [lies].
16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, [so] that his soul was annoyed to death ;
16:17 That he told her all his heart, and said to her, There has not come a razor upon my head ; for I [hast 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 you , 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.
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 However the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
16:23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon (Hebrew: דָּגוֹן, Dāgōn) was a god worshiped in ancient Syria across the middle of the Euphrates where it was the god of prosperity and Syrian father of gods, represented as a fish-tailed man. 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 killed 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 sport.
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 killed at his death were more than [they] which he killed 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 burying place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

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