Judges 16

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Judges 16 Text (WEB)
  1. Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a prostitute, and went in to her.
  2. [It was told] the Gazites, saying, "Samson is here!" They surrounded him, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, [Let be] until morning light, then we will kill him.
  3. Samson lay until 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 on his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron.
  4. It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
  5. The lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, "Entice him, and see in which his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will each give you eleven hundred [pieces] of silver."
  6. Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and what you might be bound to afflict you."
  7. Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven green cords 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 cords which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
  9. Now she had an ambush waiting in the inner room. She said to him, "The Philistines are on you, Samson!" He broke the cords, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known.
  10. Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies: now please tell me with which you might be bound."
  11. He said to her, "If they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man."
  12. So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, "The Philistines are on you, Samson!" The ambush was waiting in the inner room. He broke them off his arms like a thread.
  13. Delilah said to Samson, "Until now, you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me with what you might be bound." He said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web."
  14. She fastened it with the pin, and said to him, "The Philistines are on you, Samson!" He awakened out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the web.
  15. She said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies."
  16. It happened, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was troubled to death.
  17. He told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come on my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will become weak, and be like any other man."
  18. 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 has told me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hand.
  19. She made him sleep on 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. She said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" He awoke out of his sleep, and said, "I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free." But he didn't know that Yahweh had departed from him.
  21. 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 ground at the mill in the prison.
  22. However the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved.
  23. The lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, "Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand."
  24. When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, "Our god has delivered our enemy and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us, into our hand."
  25. It happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may entertain us." They called for Samson out of the prison; and he performed before them. They set him between the pillars;
  26. and Samson said to the boy who held him by the hand, "Allow me to feel the pillars whereupon the house rests, that I may lean on them."
  27. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were on the roof about three thousand men and women, who saw while Samson performed.
  28. Samson called to Yahweh, and said, "Lord Yahweh, remember me, please, and strengthen me, please, only this once, God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
  29. Samson took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and leaned on them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left.
  30. Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" He bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people who were therein. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than those who he killed in his life.
  31. Then his brothers 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 burial site of Manoah his father. He judged Israel twenty years.
Judges 16 Text (Hebrew)
  1. וילך שמשון עזתה וירא־שם אשה זונה ויבא אליה׃
  2. לעזתים לאמר בא שמשון הנה ויסבו ויארבו־לו כל־הלילה בשער העיר ויתחרשו כל־הלילה לאמר עד־אור הבקר והרגנהו׃
  3. וישכב שמשון עד־חצי הלילה ויקם בחצי הלילה ויאחז בדלתות שער־העיר ובשתי המזוזות ויסעם עם־הבריח וישם על־כתפיו ויעלם אל־ראש ההר אשר על־פני חברון׃ ף
  4. ויהי אחרי־כן ויאהב אשה בנחל שרק ושמה דלילה׃
  5. ויעלו אליה סרני פלשתים ויאמרו לה פתי אותו וראי במה כחו גדול ובמה נוכל לו ואסרנהו לענתו ואנחנו נתן־לך איש אלף ומאה כסף׃
  6. ותאמר דלילה אל־שמשון הגידה־נא לי במה כחך גדול ובמה תאסר לענותך׃
  7. ויאמר אליה שמשון אם־יאסרני בשבעה יתרים לחים אשר לא־חרבו וחליתי והייתי כאחד האדם׃
  8. ויעלו־לה סרני פלשתים שבעה יתרים לחים אשר לא־חרבו ותאסרהו בהם׃
  9. והארב ישב לה בחדר ותאמר אליו פלשתים עליך שמשון וינתק את־היתרים כאשר ינתק פתיל־הנערת בהריחו אש ולא נודע כחו׃
  10. ותאמר דלילה אל־שמשון הנה התלת בי ותדבר אלי כזבים עתה הגידה־נא לי במה תאסר׃
  11. ויאמר אליה אם־אסור יאסרוני בעבתים חדשים אשר לא־נעשה בהם מלאכה וחליתי והייתי כאחד האדם׃
  12. ותקח דלילה עבתים חדשים ותאסרהו בהם ותאמר אליו פלשתים עליך שמשון והארב ישב בחדר וינתקם מעל זרעתיו כחוט׃
  13. ותאמר דלילה אל־שמשון עד־הנה התלת בי ותדבר אלי כזבים הגידה לי במה תאסר ויאמר אליה אם־תארגי את־שבע מחלפות ראשי עם־המסכת׃
  14. ותתקע ביתד ותאמר אליו פלשתים עליך שמשון וייקץ משנתו ויסע את־היתד הארג ואת־המסכת׃
  15. ותאמר אליו איך תאמר אהבתיך ולבך אין אתי זה שלש פעמים התלת בי ולא־הגדת לי במה כחך גדול׃
  16. ויהי כי־הציקה לו בדבריה כל־הימים ותאלצהו ותקצר נפשו למות׃
  17. ויגד־לה את־כל־לבו ויאמר לה מורה לא־עלה על־ראשי כי־נזיר אלהים אני מבטן אמי אם־גלחתי וסר ממני כחי וחליתי והייתי ככל־האדם׃
  18. ותרא דלילה כי־הגיד לה את־כל־לבו ותשלח ותקרא לסרני פלשתים לאמר עלו הפעם כי־הגיד את־כל־לבו ועלו אליה סרני פלשתים ויעלו הכסף בידם׃
  19. ותישנהו על־ברכיה ותקרא לאיש ותגלח את־שבע מחלפות ראשו ותחל לענותו ויסר כחו מעליו׃
  20. ותאמר פלשתים עליך שמשון ויקץ משנתו ויאמר אצא כפעם בפעם ואנער והוא לא ידע כי יהוה סר מעליו׃
  21. ויאחזוהו פלשתים וינקרו את־עיניו ויורידו אותו עזתה ויאסרוהו בנחשתים ויהי טוחן בבית ׃
  22. ויחל שער־ראשו לצמח כאשר גלח׃ ף
  23. וסרני פלשתים נאספו לזבח זבח־גדול לדגון אלהיהם ולשמחה ויאמרו נתן אלהינו בידנו את שמשון אויבינו׃
  24. ויראו אתו העם ויהללו את־אלהיהם כי אמרו נתן אלהינו בידנו את־אויבנו ואת מחריב ארצנו ואשר הרבה את־חללינו׃
  25. ויהי לבם ויאמרו קראו לשמשון וישחק־לנו ויקראו לשמשון מבית ויצחק לפניהם ויעמידו אותו בין העמודים׃
  26. ויאמר שמשון אל־הנער המחזיק בידו הניחה אותי את־העמדים אשר הבית נכון עליהם ואשען עליהם׃
  27. והבית מלא האנשים והנשים ושמה כל סרני פלשתים ועל־הגג כשלשת אלפים איש ואשה הראים בשחוק שמשון׃
  28. ויקרא שמשון אל־יהוה ויאמר אדני יהוה זכרני נא וחזקני נא אך הפעם הזה האלהים ואנקמה נקם־אחת משתי עיני מפלשתים׃
  29. וילפת שמשון את־שני עמודי התוך אשר הבית נכון עליהם ויסמך עליהם אחד בימינו ואחד בשמאלו׃
  30. ויאמר שמשון תמות נפשי עם־פלשתים ויט בכח ויפל הבית על־הסרנים ועל־כל־העם אשר־בו ויהיו המתים אשר המית במותו רבים מאשר המית בחייו׃
  31. וירדו אחיו וכל־בית אביהו וישאו אתו ויעלו ויקברו אותו בין צרעה ובין אשתאל בקבר מנוח אביו והוא שפט את־ישראל עשרים שנה׃ ף
Judges 16 Text (Greek)
  1. και επορευθη σαμψων εις γαζαν και ειδεν εκει γυναικα πορνην και εισηλθεν προς
  2. και ανηγγελη τοις γαζαιοις λεγοντες ηκει σαμψων ωδε και εκυκλωσαν και ενηδρευσαν επ' αυτον ολην την νυκτα εν τη πυλη της πολεως και εκωφευσαν ολην την νυκτα λεγοντες εως διαφαυση ο ορθρος και φονευσωμεν
  3. και εκοιμηθη σαμψων εως μεσονυκτιου και ανεστη εν ημισει της νυκτος και επελαβετο των θυρων της πυλης της πολεως συν τοις δυσι σταθμοις και ανεβαστασεν αυτας συν τω μοχλω και εθηκεν επ' ωμων αυτου και ανεβη επι την κορυφην του ορους του επι προσωπου χεβρων και εθηκεν αυτα
  4. και εγενετο μετα τουτο και ηγαπησεν γυναικα εν αλσωρηχ και ονομα αυτη
  5. και ανεβησαν προς αυτην οι αρχοντες των αλλοφυλων και ειπαν αυτη απατησον αυτον και ιδε εν τινι η ισχυς αυτου η μεγαλη και εν τινι δυνησομεθα αυτω και δησομεν αυτον του ταπεινωσαι αυτον και ημεις δωσομεν σοι ανηρ χιλιους και εκατον
  6. και ειπεν δαλιδα προς σαμψων απαγγειλον δη μοι εν τινι η ισχυς σου η μεγαλη και εν τινι δεθηση του ταπεινωθηναι
  7. και ειπεν προς αυτην σαμψων εαν δησωσιν με εν επτα νευρεαις υγραις μη διεφθαρμεναις και ασθενησω και εσομαι ως εις των
  8. και ανηνεγκαν αυτη οι αρχοντες των αλλοφυλων επτα νευρας υγρας μη διεφθαρμενας και εδησεν αυτον εν
  9. και το ενεδρον αυτη εκαθητο εν τω ταμιειω και ειπεν αυτω αλλοφυλοι επι σε σαμψων και διεσπασεν τας νευρεας ως ει τις αποσπασοι στρεμμα στιππυου εν τω οσφρανθηναι αυτο πυρος και ουκ εγνωσθη η ισχυς
  10. και ειπεν δαλιδα προς σαμψων ιδου επλανησας με και ελαλησας προς με ψευδη νυν ουν αναγγειλον μοι εν τινι
  11. και ειπεν προς αυτην εαν δεσμευοντες δησωσιν με εν καλωδιοις καινοις οις ουκ εγενετο εν αυτοις εργον και ασθενησω και εσομαι ως εις των
  12. και ελαβεν δαλιδα καλωδια καινα και εδησεν αυτον εν αυτοις και τα ενεδρα εξηλθεν εκ του ταμιειου και ειπεν αλλοφυλοι επι σε σαμψων και διεσπασεν αυτα απο βραχιονων αυτου ως
  13. και ειπεν δαλιδα προς σαμψων ιδου επλανησας με και ελαλησας προς εμε ψευδη απαγγειλον δη μοι εν τινι δεθηση και ειπεν προς αυτην εαν υφανης τας επτα σειρας της κεφαλης μου συν τω διασματι και εγκρουσης τω πασσαλω εις τον τοιχον και εσομαι ως εις των ανθρωπων
  14. και εγενετο εν τω κοιμασθαι αυτον και ελαβεν δαλιδα τας επτα σειρας της κεφαλης αυτου και υφανεν εν τω διασματι και επηξεν τω πασσαλω εις τον τοιχον και ειπεν αλλοφυλοι επι σε σαμψων και εξυπνισθη εκ του υπνου αυτου και εξηρεν τον πασσαλον του υφασματος εκ του
  15. και ειπεν δαλιδα προς σαμψων πως λεγεις ηγαπηκα σε και ουκ εστιν η καρδια σου μετ' εμου τουτο τριτον επλανησας με και ουκ απηγγειλας μοι εν τινι η ισχυς σου η
  16. και εγενετο οτε εξεθλιψεν αυτον εν λογοις αυτης πασας τας ημερας και εστενοχωρησεν αυτον και ωλιγοψυχησεν εως του
  17. και ανηγγειλεν αυτη την πασαν καρδιαν αυτου και ειπεν αυτη σιδηρος ουκ ανεβη επι την κεφαλην μου οτι αγιος θεου εγω ειμι απο κοιλιας μητρος μου εαν ουν ξυρησωμαι αποστησεται απ' εμου η ισχυς μου και ασθενησω και εσομαι ως παντες οι
  18. και ειδεν δαλιδα οτι απηγγειλεν αυτη πασαν την καρδιαν αυτου και απεστειλεν και εκαλεσεν τους αρχοντας των αλλοφυλων λεγουσα αναβητε ετι το απαξ τουτο οτι απηγγειλεν μοι την πασαν καρδιαν αυτου και ανεβησαν προς αυτην οι αρχοντες των αλλοφυλων και ανηνεγκαν το αργυριον εν χερσιν
  19. και εκοιμισεν δαλιδα τον σαμψων επι τα γονατα αυτης και εκαλεσεν ανδρα και εξυρησεν τας επτα σειρας της κεφαλης αυτου και ηρξατο ταπεινωσαι αυτον και απεστη η ισχυς αυτου απ'
  20. και ειπεν δαλιδα αλλοφυλοι επι σε σαμψων και εξυπνισθη εκ του υπνου αυτου και ειπεν εξελευσομαι ως απαξ και απαξ και εκτιναχθησομαι και αυτος ουκ εγνω οτι απεστη ο κυριος απανωθεν
  21. και εκρατησαν αυτον οι αλλοφυλοι και εξεκοψαν τους οφθαλμους αυτου και κατηνεγκαν αυτον εις γαζαν και επεδησαν αυτον εν πεδαις χαλκειαις και ην αληθων εν οικω του
  22. και ηρξατο θριξ της κεφαλης αυτου βλαστανειν καθως
  23. και οι αρχοντες των αλλοφυλων συνηχθησαν θυσαι θυσιασμα μεγα τω δαγων θεω αυτων και ευφρανθηναι και ειπαν εδωκεν ο θεος εν χειρι ημων τον σαμψων τον εχθρον
  24. και ειδαν αυτον ο λαος και υμνησαν τον θεον αυτων οτι παρεδωκεν ο θεος ημων τον εχθρον ημων εν χειρι ημων τον ερημουντα την γην ημων και ος επληθυνεν τους τραυματιας
  25. και οτε ηγαθυνθη η καρδια αυτων και ειπαν καλεσατε τον σαμψων εξ οικου φυλακης και παιξατω ενωπιον ημων και εκαλεσαν τον σαμψων απο οικου δεσμωτηριου και επαιζεν ενωπιον αυτων και ερραπιζον αυτον και εστησαν αυτον ανα μεσον των
  26. και ειπεν σαμψων προς τον νεανιαν τον κρατουντα την χειρα αυτου αφες με και ψηλαφησω τους κιονας εφ' οις ο οικος στηκει επ' αυτους και επιστηριχθησομαι επ'
  27. και ο οικος πληρης των ανδρων και των γυναικων και εκει παντες οι αρχοντες των αλλοφυλων και επι το δωμα ως επτακοσιοι ανδρες και γυναικες οι θεωρουντες εν παιγνιαις
  28. και εκλαυσεν σαμψων προς κυριον και ειπεν αδωναιε κυριε μνησθητι δη μου νυν και ενισχυσον με ετι το απαξ τουτο θεε και ανταποδωσω ανταποδοσιν μιαν περι των δυο οφθαλμων μου τοις
  29. και περιελαβεν σαμψων τους δυο κιονας του οικου εφ' ους ο οικος ειστηκει και επεστηριχθη επ' αυτους και εκρατησεν ενα τη δεξια αυτου και ενα τη αριστερα
  30. και ειπεν σαμψων αποθανετω ψυχη μου μετα αλλοφυλων και εβασταξεν εν ισχυι και επεσεν ο οικος επι τους αρχοντας και επι παντα τον λαον τον εν αυτω και ησαν οι τεθνηκοτες ους εθανατωσεν σαμψων εν τω θανατω αυτου πλειους η ους εθανατωσεν εν τη ζωη
  31. και κατεβησαν οι αδελφοι αυτου και ο οικος του πατρος αυτου και ελαβον αυτον και ανεβησαν και εθαψαν αυτον ανα μεσον σαραα και ανα μεσον εσθαολ εν τω ταφω μανωε του πατρος αυτου και αυτος εκρινεν τον ισραηλ εικοσι
Judges 16 Text (Latin)
  1. Abiit quoque in Gazam, et vidit ibi mulierem meretricem, ingressusque est ad eam.
  2. Quod cum audissent Philisthiim, et percrebruisset apud eos, intrasse urbem Samson, circumdederunt eum, positis in porta civitatis custodibus : et ibi tota nocte cum silentio præstolantes, ut facto mane exeuntem occiderent.
  3. Dormivit autem Samson usque ad medium noctem : et inde consurgens, apprehendit ambas portæ fores cum postibus suis et sera, impositasque humeris suis portavit ad verticem montis, qui respicit Hebron.
  4. Post hæc amavit mulierem, quæ habitabat in valle Sorec, et vocabatur Dalila.
  5. Veneruntque ad eam principes Philisthinorum, atque dixerunt : Decipe eum, et disce ab illo, in quo habeat tantam fortitudinem, et quomodo eam superare valeamus, et vinctum affligere : quod si feceris, dabimus tibi singuli mille et centum argenteos.
  6. Locuta est ergo Dalila ad Samson : Dic mihi, obsecro, in quo sit tua maxima fortitudo, et quid sit quo ligatus erumpere nequeas ?
  7. Cui respondit Samson : Si septem nerviceis funibus necdum siccis, et adhuc humentibus, ligatus fuero, infirmus ero ut ceteri homines.
  8. Attuleruntque ad eam satrapæ Philisthinorum septem funes, ut dixerat : quibus vinxit eam,
  9. latentibus apud se insidiis, et in cubiculo finem rei expectantibus, clamavitque ad eum : Philisthiim super te, Samson. Qui rupit vincula, quomodo si rumpat quis filum de stuppæ tortum putamine, cum odorem ignis acceperit : et non est cognitum in quo esset fortitudo ejus.
  10. Dixitque ad eum Dalila : Ecce illusisti mihi, et falsum locutus es : saltem nunc indica mihi quo ligari debeas.
  11. Cui ille respondit : Si ligatus fuero novis funibus, qui numquam fuerunt in opere, infirmus ero, et aliorum hominum similis.
  12. Quibus rursum Dalila vinxit eum, et clamavit : Philisthiim super te, Samson : in cubiculo insidiis præparatis. Qui ita rupit vincula quasi fila telarum.
  13. Dixitque Dalila rursum ad eum : Usquequo decipis me, et falsum loqueris ? ostende quo vinciri debeas. Cui respondit Samson : Si septem crines capitis mei cum licio plexueris, et clavum his circumligatum terræ fixeris, infirmus ero.
  14. Quod cum fecisset Dalila, dixit ad eum : Philisthiim super te, Samson. Qui consurgens de somno extraxit clavum cum crinibus et licio.
  15. Dixitque ad eum Dalila : Quomodo dicis quod amas me, cum animus tuus non sit mecum ? Per tres vices mentitus es mihi, et noluisti dicere in quo sit maxima fortitudo tua.
  16. Cumque molesta esset ei, et per multos dies jugiter adhæreret, spatium ad quietem non tribuens, defecit anima ejus, et ad mortem usque lassata est.
  17. Tunc aperiens veritatem rei, dixit ad eam : Ferrum numquam ascendit super caput meum, quia nazaræus, id est, consecratus Deo sum de utero matris meæ : si rasum fuerit caput meum, recedet a me fortitudo mea, et deficiam, eroque sicut ceteri homines.
  18. Vidensque illa quod confessus ei esset omnem animum suum, misit ad principes Philisthinorum ac mandavit : Ascende adhuc semel, quia nunc mihi aperuit cor suum. Qui ascenderunt assumpta pecunia, quam promiserant.
  19. At illa dormire eum fecit super genua sua, et in sinu suo reclinare caput. Vocavitque tonsorem, et rasit septem crines ejus, et cœpit abigere eum, et a se repellere : statim enim ab eo fortitudo discessit.
  20. Dixitque : Philisthiim super te, Samson. Qui de somno consurgens, dixit in animo suo : Egrediar sicut ante feci, et me excutiam, nesciens quod recessisset ab eo Dominus.
  21. Quem cum apprehendissent Philisthiim, statim eruerunt oculos ejus, et duxerunt Gazam vinctum catenis, et clausum in carcere molere fecerunt.
  22. Jamque capilli ejus renasci cœperunt,
  23. principes Philisthinorum convenerunt in unum ut immolarent hostias magnificas Dagon deo suo, et epularentur, dicentes : Tradidit deus noster inimicum nostrum Samson in manus nostras.
  24. Quod etiam populus videns, laudabat deum suum, eademque dicebat : Tradidit deus noster adversarium nostrum in manus nostras, qui delevit terram nostram, et occidit plurimos.
  25. Lætantesque per convivia, sumptis jam epulis, præceperunt ut vocaretur Samson, et ante eos luderet. Qui adductus de carcere ludebat ante eos, feceruntque eum stare inter duas columnas.
  26. Qui dixit puero regenti gressus suos : Dimitte me, ut tangam columnas, quibus omnis imminet domus, et recliner super eas, et paululum requiescam.
  27. Domus autem erat plena virorum ac mulierum, et erant ibi omnes principes Philisthinorum, ac de tecto et solario circiter tria millia utriusque sexus spectantes ludentem Samson.
  28. At ille invocato Domino ait : Domine Deus, memento mei, et redde mihi nunc fortitudinem pristinam, Deus meus, ut ulciscar me de hostibus meis, et pro amissione duorum luminum unam ultionem recipiam.
  29. Et apprehendens ambas columnas, quibus innitebatur domus, alteramque earum dextera, et alteram læva tenens,
  30. ait : Moriatur anima mea cum Philisthiim. Concussisque fortiter columnis, cecidit domus super omnes principes, et ceteram multitudinem, quæ ibi erat : multoque plures interfecit moriens, quam ante vivus occiderat.
  31. Descendentes autem fratres ejus et universa cognatio, tulerunt corpus ejus, et sepelierunt inter Saraa et Esthaol in sepulchro patris sui Manue : judicavitque Israël viginti annis.
Judges 16 Text (KJV)
  1. Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an 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, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.
  3. And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill 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 withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
  8. Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
  9. Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread 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 bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
  12. Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from 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 be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
  15. And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine 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, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
  17. That he told her all his heart, and said unto her. There hath not come a rasor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite 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 shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.
  19. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave 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 be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
  21. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and 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. Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for 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 hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew 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 them sport: 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 standeth, 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 the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, 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 stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of 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 which he slew at his death were more than they which 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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