Judges 16:1-24 NAS

Samson's Weakness

1 Now Samson went to 1Gaza and saw a harlot * there, and went in to her.

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2 When it was told to the Gazites, saying, "Samson has come here," they 2surrounded 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."

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3 Now Samson lay until midnight *, and at midnight * he arose and took hold of 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 carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite * Hebron.
4 After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5 The 3lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "4Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and ahow we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven * hundred pieces of silver."

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    • Ŝ 16:5 - Lit "by what"
      6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength is and bhow you may be bound to afflict you."

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        • ŝ 16:6 - Lit "by what"
          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."
          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.
          9 Now she had men lying in wait in an inner room. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he snapped the cords as a string of tow snaps when it ctouches fire. So his strength was not discovered.

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            • Ş 16:9 - Lit "smells"
              10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me dhow you may be bound."

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                • ş 16:10 - Lit "by what"
                  11 He said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes ewhich have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man."

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                    • Š 16:11 - Lit "with which work has not been done"
                      12 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 fthe ropes from his arms like a thread.

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

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                            • Ţ 16:13 - Lit "by what"
                            • ţ 16:13 - Lit "head"
                            • Ť 16:13 - The passage in brackets is found in Gr but not in any Heb mss
                              14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his jhair 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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                                  Delilah Extracts His Secret

                                  15 Then she said to him, "5How 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."

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                                  16 It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was kannoyed to death.

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                                    • Ŧ 16:16 - Lit "impatient to the point of"
                                      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 6Nazirite 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 any other man."

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                                      18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, 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 the money in their hands.
                                      19 She made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his lhair. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him.

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                                          20 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 7the LORD had departed from him.

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                                          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 *.
                                          22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off.
                                          23 Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to 8Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands."

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                                          24 When the people saw him, 9they 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."

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