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Judges Chapter 16

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Samson’s escape from Gaza

16:1 Then went Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
to Gaza, and saw a harlot, a woman, there and went in to her.
16:2 The Gazites were told, saying, Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
has come here. And they encircled [him] in, and set a trap for him all night at the gate of the city, and kept quiet all the night, saying, In the light of the morning, then we will kill him.
16:3 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
lay till midnight, and got up at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two side posts, and plucked them up with the and put [them] on his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of a mountain 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 so happened afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, her name [was] Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
.
16:5 And rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see in what [lies] his great strength, and by what we may prevail against him, so that we may bind him to torment him. And we will give you every one of us eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.
16:6 And Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
said to Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
,
I beg you, Tell me in what your great strength [lies], and with what you might be bound to torment you .
16:7 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
said to her, If they bind me with seven green bow-strings that have never
been dried, then shall I be weak, and be as any man.
16:8 So rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
brought to her seven green fresh bow-strings which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
16:9 Now the ambush [was] setting for her in an inner room. And she said to him, The Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
[are] upon you , Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
. And he broke the bow-strings, like a thread of tow is broken when it smells fire. So his strength was not known.
16:10 And Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
said to Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
, Look, you have mocked me, and told me lies now
I beg you , tell me, with what you might be bound.
16:11 And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new ropes, that no work has been done, then will I be weak, and be as any human being.
16:12 Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
took new ropes, and bound him with them, and said to him, The Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
[be] upon you , Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
. And the ambush was setting in the inner room. And he broke them off his arms like a thread.
16:13 And Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
said to Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
, Until now you have mocked me, and told me lies. Tell me by what you may 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 Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
[be] upon you , Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
. And he awoke out of his sleep, and pulled out the pin, the handloom, and the web.
16:15 And she said to him, How can you say, I love you , when your heart [is] not with me? T
hese three times you have mocked me, and have not told me in what where your great strength [lies].
16:16 And it so happened, 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, No razor has come on my head ; for I [am] a Nazarite to Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
from my mother’s womb if I be shaved, then my strength will go away from me, and I will become weak, and be like any [other] man.
16:18 And when Delilahדְּלִילָה
/dɪˈlaɪlə/ dil-EYE-lə romanized: Dəlīlā, meaning “delicate”; Arabic: دليلة, romanized: Dalīlah; Greek: Δαλιδά, romanized: Dalidá For more info click here
saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
, saying, Come up at once, for he has told me all his heart. Then rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
came up to her, and brought money in their hand.
16:19 And she made him sleep on her knees ; and she called for a man, and she had him to shave off the seven locks of his head ; and she began to torment him, and his strength went from him.
16:20 And she said, The Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
[be] upon you , Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out
and shake myself as at other times before. And he didn’t know that YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
had departed from him.
16:21 And the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
seized him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with bands of bronze. And he was grinding in the prison house.
16:22 However the hair of his head began to grow again after he had been shaved.
16:23 Then rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
gathered together for to offer a great sacrifice to Dagonדָּגוֹן
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. And they said, Our god has delivered Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
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 so happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
, that he may entertain us. And they called for Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
out of the prison house ; and he entertaind them. And they made him stand between the pillars.

Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
‘s tragic death


16:26 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
said to the lad that held him by the hand, Let me alone and let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean on them.

16:27 Now the house was full of men and women ; and all rulers of the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
[were] there ; and [there were]
about three thousand men and women on the roof , watching Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
entertaining.


16:28 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
called to YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, and said, O Lord YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
,
I pray you, remember me and strengthen me, please, only this once, O Elohimאֱלֹהִים
romanized: ʾĔlōhīm: [(ʔ)eloˈ(h)im]), the plural of אֱלוֹהַּ‎ (ʾĔlōah), is a Hebrew word meaning “gods”. Although the word is plural, in the Hebrew Bible it most often takes singular verbal or pronominal agreement and refers to a single deity particularly the God of Israel In other verses it refers to the singular gods of other nations or to deities in the plural A name for GOD — God The Creator
, that I will be avenged with one vengeance on the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
because of my two eyes.

16:29 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and on which it was supported, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

16:30 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
said, Let my soul die with the Philistinesפְּלִשְׁתִּים
romanized: Pəlīštīm; Koine Greek (LXX): Φυλιστιείμ, romanized: Phulistieím) were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan during the Iron Age. For more info click here
. And he bowed mightily, and the house fell upon rulers, and on all the people that [were] in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than those he killed in his life [time].

16:31 Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and lifted him up, and brought [him] up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoahמָנ֫וֹחַ
Mānoaḥ means “rest” For more info click here
his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

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