They said to him, "We have come down to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not kill me."
So they said to him, "No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands ; yet surely we will not kill you." Then they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.
The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you."
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."
Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh cords that had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies ; now please tell me how you may be bound."
He said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes which have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man."
So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson !" For the men were lying in wait in the inner room. But he snapped the ropes from his arms like a thread.
Then Delilah said to Samson, "Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies ; tell me how you may be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my hair with the web [and fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man."
It so happened when they were in high spirits, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may amuse us." So they called for Samson from the prison , and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars.