Judges 16:16-26 NIV

16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
17 So he told her everything.1 "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite2 set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man."

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      18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines3, "Come back once more; he has told me everything." So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands.4

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      19 Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.a And his strength left him.5

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        • d 16:19 - Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts "and he began to weaken"
          20 Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!"6 He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.7

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          21 Then the Philistines8 seized him, gouged out his eyes9 and took him down to Gaza.10 Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding11 in the prison.

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          22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

          The Death of Samson

          23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon12 their god and to celebrate, saying, "Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands."

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          24 When the people saw him, they praised their god,13 saying, "Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands,14 the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain."

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          25 While they were in high spirits,15 they shouted, "Bring out Samson to entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars,

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          26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, "Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them."