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| Book of Judges|
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- Judges 16:4-17 [ Verse 12 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
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- 4 After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 The lords R320 of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice R321 him, and see where his great strength lies and how F249 we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." 6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength is and how F250 you may be bound to afflict you." 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 touches F251 fire. So his strength was not discovered. 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me how F252 you may be bound." 11 He said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes which F253 have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man." 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 the F254 ropes from his arms like a thread. 13 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me how F255 you may be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my hair F256 with the web [and F257 fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man." 14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his hair F258 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. 15 Then she said to him, "How R322 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." 16 It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed F259 to death. 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 Nazirite R323 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."
F249 Lit by what
F250 Lit by what
F251 Lit smells
F252 Lit by what
F253 Lit with which work has not been done
F254 Lit them
F255 Lit by what
F256 Lit head
F257 The passage in brackets is found in Gr but not in any Heb mss
F258 Lit head
F259 Lit impatient to the point of
R320 Joshua 13:3
R321 Judges 14:15
R322 Judges 14:16
R323 Numbers 6:2,5; Judges 13:5
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