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| Book of Judges|
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- Judges 16:22-31 [ Verse 31 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
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- 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 Dagon R325 their god, and to rejoice, for they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands." 24 When the people saw him, they R326 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." 25 It so happened when they F261 were in high spirits, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may amuse us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he entertained F262 them. And they made him stand between the pillars. 26 Then Samson said to the boy who was holding his hand, "Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them." 27 Now the house was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there. And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Samson was amusing them. 28 Then R327 Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be R328 avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." 29 Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all F264 his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life. 31 Then his brothers and all his father's household came down, took him, brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. Thus R329 he had judged Israel twenty years.
F261 Lit their heart was pleasant
F262 Lit made sport before them
F263 Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
F264 Lit strength
R325 1 Samuel 5:2
R326 1 Samuel 31:9; 1 Chronicles 10:9; Psalms 97:7
R327 Judges 15:18
R328 Jeremiah 15:15
R329 Judges 15:20
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