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 Judges 16:4 - 22
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   Book of Judges
   Chapter 16
16:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.
 
16:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, "See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels F53 of silver."
 
16:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."
 
16:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Samson answered her, "If anyone ties me with seven fresh thongs F54 that have not been dried, I'll become as weak as any other man."
 
16:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh thongs that had not been dried, and she tied him with them.
 
16:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
With men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the thongs as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.
 
16:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied."
 
16:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He said, "If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I'll become as weak as any other man."
 
16:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.
 
16:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Delilah then said to Samson, "Until now, you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied." He replied, "If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric [on the loom] and tighten it with the pin, I'll become as weak as any other man." So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric
 
16:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and F55 tightened it with the pin. Again she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.
 
16:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength."
 
16:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
 
16:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite 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."
 
16:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, "Come back once more; he has told me everything." So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands.
 
16:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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. F56 And his strength left him.
 
16:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" 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.
 
16:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison.
 
16:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F53 That is, about 28 pounds (about 13 kilograms)
F54 Or bowstrings; also in verses 8 and 9
F55 [13,14] Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew "[I can] if you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric [on the loom]." [14] So she
F56 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts and he began to weaken

 
 

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