|Overview - Judges 16|
|1||Samson at Gaza escapes, and carries away the gates of the city.|
|4||Delilah, corrupted by the Philistines, entices Samson.|
|6||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.|
Judges 16:1 (King James Version)
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.
- Gaza, a city of great antiquity, was situated between Raphia and Askelon, twenty-two miles north of the former, and sixteen south of of the latter, according to the Antonine Itinerary; three miles from the sea, according to Arrian, and thirty-four from Ashdod or Azotus, according to Diodorus Siculus. It was a place of great strength and importance; and successively belonged to the Philistines, Hebrews, Chaldeans, and Persians; which latter defended it for two months against Alexander the great, who finally took and destroyed it. It was afterwards rebuilt, and alternately possessed by the Egyptians, Syrians, and Jews. The present town, which the Arabs call Razza, is situated on an eminence, and is rendered picturesque by the number of fine minarets which rise majestically above the buildings, with beautiful date trees interspersed. It contains upwards of Judges 16:2 Judges 16:000 ; inhabitants.
- Genesis 10:19 ; Joshua 15:47
- an harlot
- Hebrew a woman an harlot. and went
- Genesis 38:16-18 ; Ezra 9:1 Ezra 9:2