Delilah died with Samson

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The Book of Judges, chapter 16


Samson in Gaza

Ri 16.1When Samson came to Gaza (one day), he saw a prostitute there and went to her.Ri 16.2When the people of Gaza were told: Samson is here! They looked everywhere (for him) and waited for him [all night] at the city gate. They kept quiet all night and said: We'll wait until dawn, then we'll kill him.Ri 16.3But Samson slept until about midnight. Then he got up, grabbed the wings of the city gate with the two posts and tore them out together with the bolt. He loaded everything on his shoulders and carried it to the top of the mountain opposite Hebron..

Samson and Delilah

Ri 16.4Then Samson fell in love with a woman in the Sorek Valley; her name was Delilah.Ri 16.5The princes of the Philistines came to her and said to her: Try to bewitch him and find out what makes him so powerful and how we can overpower and bind him in order to subdue him. Each of us will then give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.Ri 16.6Then Delilah said to Samson: Tell me why you have such great strength and how you can be tied up in order to force you down.Ri 16.7Samson said to her: If you tie me up with seven fresh tendons that have not yet dried, then I get weak and I am like any other person.Judgment 16.8So the princes of the Philistines brought her seven fresh tendons, which had not yet dried, and she bound him with them,Ri 16.9while some men lay in wait for her in the room. Then she called to him: Samson, the Philistines are coming! But he tore the sinews like a thread breaks when he got too close to the fire. But the secret of its power was not revealed.Judgment 16.10Then Delilah said to Samson: You have deceived me and lied to me. Finally tell me what you can be tied up with.Judgment 16.11He replied: If I am tied up with new ropes that have not been used to work, I will become weak and like any other person.Judgment 16.12So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then she called out to him: Samson, the Philistines are coming! While some men lay in wait in the room again. But he tore the ropes from his arms like threads.Ri 16.13Then Delilah said to Samson: So far you have deceived me and lied to me. Tell me what you can be tied up with. He replied: If you tie the seven curls on my head with the warp threads of the loom and fasten them with the stake, I'll be weak and like any other person.Ri 16.14Now she rocked him to sleep and tied the seven curls on his head with the warp threads and fastened them with the stake. Then she called to him: Samson, the Philistines are coming! He woke up and tore out the weaving stake with the warp threads.Ri 16.15Then she said to him: How can you say: I love you! If your heart is not mine? Now you have lied to me three times and not told me what makes you so powerful.Judgment 16.16When she bothered him every day with her talk and pressed him (more and more), he got tired of it to die;Judgment 16.17he revealed everything to her and said to her: A razor has not touched my hair yet; for I am consecrated to God as a Nazarite from birth. If my hair were shaved, then my strength would run out of me; I would be weak and like any other person.Judgment 16.18Now Delilah realized that he had revealed everything to her. She sent someone to the Philistine princes to call them and have them say: Come here! This time he revealed everything to me. The Philistine princes came up to her and brought the money with them.Judgment 16.19Delilah made Samson fall asleep on her knees [called a man] and then cut off the seven curls on his head. So she began to weaken him and his strength left him.Ri 16.20Then she called out: Samson, the Philistines are coming! He woke up from his sleep and thought: This time, too, I will escape and shake off the chains. Because he did not know that the Lord had forsaken him.Ri 16.21The Philistines grabbed him and put out his eyes. They took him down to Gaza and tied him with bronze chains and made him spin the mill in prison.Ri 16.22But his hair, which had been cut off, began to grow again..

Captivity and Death of Samson

Ri 16.23The princes of the Philistines gathered to make a great sacrifice to their god Dagon and to celebrate a festival of joy. They said: Our God has given our enemy Samson into our power.Ri 16.24When the people saw Samson, they praised their God and said, Our God has given our enemy / into our power, / him who has devastated our land / who has slain so many of us.Ri 16.25When they were in good spirits, they said: Call Samson, we want to have fun with him. And they had Samson taken out of prison so that he could be their joker. They put him between the pillars.Ri 16.26But Samson said to the boy who was leading him by the hand: Let go of me, I will feel the pillars that support the house and lean on them.Ri 16.27The house was full of men and women; all the princes of the Philistines were there and about three thousand men and women sat on the flat roof. They all wanted Samson to be a joker.Ri 16.28But Samson called to the Lord and said: Lord and God, think of me and give me the strength just this once more, my God, so that I can take vengeance on the Philistines, at least for one of my two eyes.Ri 16.29Then Samson grabbed the two central pillars that supported the house and braced himself against them, one with his right hand and the other with his left.Ri 16.30He said: So may I die with the Philistines. He stretched himself with all his might and the house collapsed over the prince and over all the people who were in it. So the number he killed in his death was greater than those he killed in his life.Ri 16.31His brothers and all his father's family came down; they fetched him, brought him home and buried him between Zora and Eschtaol in the grave of his father Manoach. Samson was a judge in Israel for twenty years.