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Judges 16 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Samson and Delilah

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:1 -

Then Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there and went in to her.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:2 - And it was told to the Gazites, saying, “Samson has come here,” so they surrounded 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:3 - But Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and seized 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 brought them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:4 -

Now it happened afterwards that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, and her name was Delilah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:5 - And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and [fn]how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:6 - So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength is and [fn]how you may be bound to afflict you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:7 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:8 - Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh cords that had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:9 - Now she had men lying in wait, sitting in an inner room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the cords as a string of tinder snaps when it [fn]touches fire. So his strength was still not known.
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Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me [fn]how you may be bound.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:11 - And he said to her, “If they bind me tightly with new ropes [fn]which have not been used for work, then I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:12 - So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” Now the men lying in wait were sitting in the inner room. But he snapped [fn]the ropes from his arms like a thread.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:13 -

Then Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me [fn]how you may be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web [fn][and fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:14 - So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his [fn]hair 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.
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Then she said to him, “How 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.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:16 - Now it happened when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was [fn]annoyed to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:17 - 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 Nazirite 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 every other man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:18 -

And Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, so 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 up the silver in their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:19 - Then she made him sleep on her knees and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:20 - And 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 Yahweh had left him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:21 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:22 - However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:23 -

Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to be glad; and they said,

“Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:24 -

Then the people saw him and 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.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:25 -

So it happened when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may amuse us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he [fn]entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:26 - Then Samson said to the boy who was holding his hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house is established, that I may lean against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:27 - 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.

Samson’s Revenge

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:28 -

Then Samson called to Yahweh and said, “O Lord Yahweh, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:29 - Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house was established and supported himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:30 - And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bent with his strength so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he put to death by his death were more than those whom he put to death in his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 16:31 - Then his brothers and all his father’s household came down, carried him, brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol, in the tomb of Manoah his father. Thus he had judged Israel twenty years.
LSB Footnotes
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Lit with which work has not been done
Lit them
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The passage in brackets is found in Gr but not in any Heb mss
Lit head
Lit impatient to the point of, short to the point of; cf. 10:16
Lit made sport before them
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