| 1 And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto
her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither.
And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the
city, and were quiet all the night, saying, Let be till morning
light, then we will kill him. 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at
midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and the two
posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and
carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron.|
4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of
Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up
unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength
lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to
afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred
pieces of silver. 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray
thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound
to afflict thee. 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven
green withes that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as
another man. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven
green withes which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now
she had liers-in-wait abiding in the inner chamber. And she said unto him,
The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withes, as a string
of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.
10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me
lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. 11 And
he said unto her, If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no work hath
been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man. 12 So Delilah
took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines
are upon thee, Samson. And the liers-in-wait were abiding in the inner
chamber. And he brake them off his arms like a thread.
13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me
lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou
weavest the seven locks of my head with the web. 14 And she fastened it
with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And
he awaked out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the
15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thy heart
is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me
wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed
him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was vexed unto death.
17 And he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a
razor upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite unto God from my mother's
womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become
weak, and be like any other man. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told
her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines,
saying, Come up this once, for he hath told me all his heart. Then the lords
of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought the money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and
shaved off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his
strength went from him. 20 And she said, The Philistines are upon thee,
Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other
times, and shake myself free. But he knew not that Jehovah was departed from
him. 21 And the Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and
they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he
did grind in the prison-house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to
grow again after he was shaven.
23 And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a
great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god
hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw
him, they praised their god; for they said, Our god hath delivered into our
hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who hath slain many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call
for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the
prison-house; and he made sport before them. And they set him between the
pillars: 26 and Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer
me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house resteth, that I may lean
upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords
of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three
thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
28 And Samson called unto Jehovah, and said, O Lord Jehovah, remember me,
I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I
may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson
took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house rested, and leaned
upon 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 bowed himself
with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the
people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more
than they that he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house
of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him
between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying-place of Manoah his father. And he
judged Israel twenty years.
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