Samson

Samson

 
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  • "Because you did this," Samson vowed, "I will take my revenge on you, and I won't stop until I'm satisfied!" - Judges 15:7


  • The men of Judah asked the Philistines, "Why have you attacked us?" The Philistines replied, "We've come to capture Samson. We have come to pay him back for what he did to us." - Judges 15:10


  • So three thousand men of Judah went down to get Samson at the cave in the rock of Etam. They said to Samson, "Don't you realize the Philistines rule over us? What are you doing to us?" But Samson replied, "I only paid them back for what they did to me." - Judges 15:11


  • But the men of Judah told him, "We have come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines." "All right," Samson said. "But promise that you won't kill me yourselves." - Judges 15:12


  • As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists. - Judges 15:14


  • And Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, I've made heaps on heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I've killed a thousand men!" - Judges 15:16


  • Now Samson was very thirsty, and he cried out to the LORD, "You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagan people?" - Judges 15:18


  • So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place "The Spring of the One Who Cried Out,"* and it is still in Lehi to this day.2 - Judges 15:19


  • Samson was Israel's judge for twenty years, while the Philistines ruled the land. - Judges 15:20


  • One day Samson went to the Philistine city of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute. - Judges 16:1


  • Word soon spread that Samson was there, so the men of Gaza gathered together and waited all night at the city gates. They kept quiet during the night, saying to themselves, "When the light of morning comes, we will kill him." - Judges 16:2


  • But Samson stayed in bed only until midnight. Then he got up, took hold of the city gates with its two posts, and lifted them, bar and all, right out of the ground. He put them on his shoulders and carried them all the way to the top of the hill across from Hebron. - Judges 16:3


  • Later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek. - Judges 16:4


  • The leaders of the Philistines went to her and said, "Find out from Samson what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you eleven hundred pieces* of silver."1 - Judges 16:5


  • So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely." - Judges 16:6


  • Samson replied, "If I am tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I will be as weak as anyone else." - Judges 16:7


  • So the Philistine leaders brought Delilah seven new bowstrings, and she tied Samson up with them. - Judges 16:8
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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