de-li'-la (delilah, "dainty one," perhaps; Septuagint Daleida, Dalida):

The woman who betrayed Samson to the Philistines (Judges 16). She was presumably a Philistine, though that is not expressly stated. She is not spoken of as Samson's wife, though many have understood the account in that way. The Philistines paid her a tremendously high price for her services. The account indicates that for beauty, personal charm, mental ability, self-command, nerve, she was quite a wonderful woman, a woman to be admired for some qualities which she exhibits, even while she is to be utterly disapproved. See SAMSON.

Willis J. Beecher

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'DELILAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.