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Judges 16:27

Overview - Judges 16
Samson at Gaza escapes, and carries away the gates of the city.
Delilah, corrupted by the Philistines, entices Samson.
Thrice she is deceived.
15 At last she overcomes him.
21 The Philistines take him, and put out his eyes.
22 His strength renewing he pulls down the house upon the Philistines, and dies.
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Judges 16:27  (King James Version)
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.
 


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"Samson, therefore," says Dr. Shaw, "must have been in a court or area below; and consequently the temple will be of the same kind with the ancient, [temene,] or sacred enclosures, which were only surrounded either in part, or on all sides, with some plain or cloistered buildings. Several palaces, {doutwanas,} (as the courts of justice are called in those
countries) are built in this fashion. On their public festivals and rejoicings, the roofs of these cloisters are crowded with spectators. I have often seen numbers of people diverted in this manner on the roof of the dey's palace at Algiers; which, like many others, has an advanced cloister, over against the gate of the palace, like a long pent-house, supported by one or two contiguous pillars in front, or centre."* the roof.
9:51 De 22:8 Jos 2:8 2Sa 11:2
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