Samson at Gaza escapeth, and carrieth away the gates of the city.
Judges 16:1 Then went Samson unto Gaza,and saw there an unchaste woman, and went in unto her. Judges 16:2 And it was told the Gazites, sayingSamson hath come in hither. So they came round, and lay in wait for him, all the night, in the gate of the city,but kept themselves quiet all the night, saying, Until the light of the morning, then will we slay him. Judges 16:3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and of the two doorposts, and tare them away, with the bar, and put them on his shoulders,and carried them up to the top of the hill that faceth Hebron.
Delilah, corrupted by the Philistines, enticeth Samson.
Judges 16:4 And it came to pass, after this, that he loved a woman in the ravine of Shorek, whose, name, was Delilah. Judges 16:5 So the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said to herEntice him, and see wherein lieth his great strength, and wherewith we may prevail against him, and bind him, to humble him,and, we, will give thee, every man, eleven hundred pieces of silver.
Thrice she is deceived.
Judges 16:6 So Delilah said unto Samson, Do tell me, I pray thee, wherein lieth thy great strength,and wherewith thou mightest be bound, to humble thee. Judges 16:7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green cords, that have not been dried, then shall I become weak, and be as any other man. Judges 16:8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green cords, that had not been dried,and she bound him therewith. Judges 16:9 Now, the liers in wait, were tarrying for her, in an inner chamber,and she said unto him,The Philistines, are upon thee, Samson! And he snapped the cords as a thread of tow is broken, when fire bloweth thereon, so his strength was not discovered. Judges 16:10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Lo! thou hast been laughing at me, and speaking unto me falsehoods,Now, do tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. Judges 16:11 And he said unto her, If they, bind me fast, with new ropes, wherewith work was never done, then shall I become weak, and be as any other man. Judges 16:12 So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto himThe Philistines, are upon thee, Samson! Now, the liers in wait, were tarrying in an inner chamber. And he snapped them off his arms like a thread. Judges 16:13 And Delilah said unto SamsonHitherto, hast thou been laughing at me, and speaking unto me falsehoods, do tell me, wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weave the seven braids of my head with the warp. Judges 16:14 So she beat them up with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines, are upon thee, Samson! And he awaked out of his sleep, and pulled out the pin of the loom, and the warp.
At last she overcometh him.
Judges 16:15 And she said unto himHow canst thou say, I love thee, when, thy heart, is not with me? These three times, hast thou laughed at me, and hast not told me wherein lieth thy great strength. Judges 16:16 And it came to pass, when she urged him with her words continually, and pressed him, that his soul became impatient, unto death; Judges 16:17 so he told her all his heart, and said to herNo, razor, hath come on my head, for, one separate unto God, have I been, from my birth,if I were shaven, then would depart from me my strength, and I should become weak, and be as any other man. Judges 16:18 And, when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, sayingCome up this once, for he hath told me all his heart. And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought up the silver in their hand. Judges 16:19 And she made him sleep upon her knees, and called for a man, and caused him to shave off the seven braids of his head,and she began to humble him, and his strength departed from him. Judges 16:20 And she saidThe Philistines, are upon thee, Samson! And he awoke out of his sleep, and saidI will go out now, as time after time, and shake myself free: he, not knowing, that, Yahweh, had departed from him.
The Philistines take him, and put out his eyes.
Judges 16:21 And the Philistines seized him, and put out his eyes,and took him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of bronze, and it came to pass that he used to grind in the prison.
His strength renewing, he pulleth down the house upon the Philistines, and dieth.
Judges 16:22 And the hair of his head began to grow, after he had been shaven. Judges 16:23 Now, the lords of the Philistines, had gathered themselves together to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice,and they said, Our god hath delivered into our hand, Samson our enemy. Judges 16:24 And, when the people saw him, they praised their god,for they saidOur god hath delivered into our hand our enemy, even him who laid waste our land, and who multiplied our slain. Judges 16:25 And it came to pass, when their heart was merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make sport for us. So they called for Samson out of the prison, and he made sport before them, and they stationed him between the pillars. Judges 16:26 And Samson said unto the youth that held him by his hand, Place me where I may feel the pillars whereon the house resteth, that I may lean upon them. Judges 16:27 Now, the house, was full of men and women, there, also were all the lords of the Philistines,and, on the roof, were about three thousand men and women, looking on while Samson made sport. Judges 16:28 So then Samson cried unto Yahweh, and said,My Lord Yahweh! remember me, I pray thee,and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be avenged, with one avenging, for my two eyes, upon the Philistines. Judges 16:29 Then did Samson grasp the two middle pillars, whereon the house rested, and whereon it was upheld, and he braced himself against them,the one with his right hand, and the other with his left. Judges 16:30 And Samson saidLet my soul die with the Philistines! And he bowed mightily, and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead, whom he slew at his death, were more than they whom he slew in his life. Judges 16:31 Then came down his brethren, and all the house of his father, and lifted him, and carried him up, and buried him, between Zorah and Eshtaol, in the buryingplace of Manoah his father,he, having judged Israel twenty years.