|Judges 16 |
1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw there a harlot, and went in to her.
2 When the Gazites were told, "Samson has come here!" They surrounded the place and laid in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all the night, saying, "In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him."
3 But Samson lay only until midnight, and then arose at midnight and took the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the hill that is before Hebron.
4 Some time after this it happened that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.
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 by what means we may overpower him that we may bind him to subdue him; and we will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."
6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me, I pray you, where your great strength lies, and with what you might be bound to subdue you."
7 And Samson said to her, "If anyone binds me with seven fresh bowstrings that have never been dried, then I shall become as weak as any other man."
8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried up to her, and she bound him with them.
9 Now there were men lying in wait hidden in the room. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson." And he broke the bowstrings, as easily as a thread is broken when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies; now tell me, I pray you, how you might be bound."
11 And he said to her, "If anyone binds me fast with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall be weak and be like any other man."
12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson." And there were men lying in wait hidden in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
13 And Delilah said to Samson, "Until now, you have mocked me and told me lies; tell me with what you might be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my hair into the fabric of the loom and fasten it with the pin, then I will become as weak as any other man."
14 And she did so and fastened it with the pin and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson." And he awaked out of his sleep and went away with the pin of the beam and with the web.
15 Then 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 your great strength lies."
16 And when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, until he was irritated to beyond resistance.
17 Then he told her all his heart and said to her, "A razor has never been used upon my head, for I have been a Nazarite to God from my mother's womb. If I am 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 called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up this once more, for he has told me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought money in their hand.
19 And she made Samson sleep upon her knees, and she called for a man and caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson." And he awoke out of his sleep and said, "I will go out as I have at other times and shake myself free." For he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.
21 But the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with fetters of bronze; and he became a grinder in the prison house.
22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together 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."
24 And when the people saw Samson, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us."
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may amuse us." So they for called Samson out of the prison house, and he was entertainment for them. Then they made him stand between the pillars.
26 And Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars upon which the house stands, that I may lean upon them."
27 Now the house was full of men and women; all the lords of the Philistines were there, and there were about three thousand men and women upon the roof who looked on while Samson amused them.
28 Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord God, remember me, I pray you, and strengthen me, I pray you, just once more, O God, that I may with one blow have vengeance on 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, one with his right hand and of the other with his left.
30 And Samson cried, "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 in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than those whom he slew in all his life.
31 Then his kinsmen and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up; and they buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel twenty years.
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