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JUD 13:2 And there was a certain man
of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his
wife was barren, and bare not.
JUD 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared
unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and
bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
JUD 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee,
and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
JUD 13:5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and
bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a
Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out
of the hand of the Philistines.
JUD 13:6 Then the woman came and told her
husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like
the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not
whence he was, neither told he me his name:
JUD 13:7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou
shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink,
neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God
from the womb to the day of his death.
JUD 13:8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD,
and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again
unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
JUD 13:9 And God hearkened to the voice of
Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the
field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.
JUD 13:10 And the woman made haste, and
ran, and showed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath
appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
JUD 13:11 And Manoah arose, and went after
his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that
spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
JUD 13:12 And Manoah said, Now let thy
words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto
JUD 13:13 And the angel of the LORD said
unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.
JUD 13:14 She may not eat of any thing that
cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat
any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
JUD 13:15 And Manoah said unto the angel of
the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready
a kid for thee.
JUD 13:16 And the angel of the LORD said
unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if
thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For
Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.
JUD 13:17 And Manoah said unto the angel of
the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do
JUD 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said
unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
JUD 13:19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat
offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did
wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.JUD
13:20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward
heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the
flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on
their faces to the ground.
JUD 13:21 But the angel of the LORD did no
more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an
angel of the LORD.
JUD 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We
shall surely die, because we have seen God.
JUD 13:23 But his wife said unto him, If
the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt
offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us
all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as
JUD 13:24 And the woman bare a son, and
called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
JUD 13:25 And the spirit of the LORD began
to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
JUD 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath,
and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
JUD 14:2 And he came up, and told his
father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the
daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
JUD 14:3 Then his father and his mother
said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren,
or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the
uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for
me; for she pleaseth me well.
JUD 14:4 But his father and his mother knew
not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the
Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
JUD 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his
father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath:
and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
JUD 14:6 And the spirit of the LORD came
mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had
nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had
JUD 14:7 And he went down, and talked with
the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
JUD 14:8 And after a time he returned to
take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold,
there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
JUD 14:9 And he took thereof in his hands,
and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them,
and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of
the carcase of the lion.
JUD 14:10 So his father went down unto the
woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
JUD 14:11 And it came to pass, when they
saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
JUD 14:12 And Samson said unto them, I will
now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within
the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments:
JUD 14:13 But if ye cannot declare it me,
then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And
they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
JUD 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the
eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And
they could not in three days expound the riddle.
JUD 14:15 And it came to pass on the
seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that
he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's
house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?
JUD 14:16 And Samson's wife wept before
him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put
forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me.
And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother,
and shall I tell it thee?
JUD 14:17 And she wept before him the seven
days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day,
that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle
to the children of her people.
JUD 14:18 And the men of the city said unto
him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than
honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had
not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
JUD 14:19 And the spirit of the LORD came
upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and
took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded
the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's
JUD 14:20 But Samson's wife was given to
his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
JUD 15:1 But it came to pass within a while
after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a
kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father
would not suffer him to go in.
JUD 15:2 And her father said, I
verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to
thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray
thee, instead of her.
JUD 15:3 And Samson said concerning them,
Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a
JUD 15:4 And Samson went and caught three
hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a
firebrand in the midst between two tails.
JUD 15:5 And when he had set the brands on
fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt
up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and
JUD 15:6 Then the Philistines said, Who
hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite,
because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the
Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
JUD 15:7 And Samson said unto them, Though
ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will
JUD 15:8 And he smote them hip and thigh
with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock
JUD 15:9 Then the Philistines went up, and
pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
JUD 15:10 And the men of Judah said, Why
are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come
up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
JUD 15:11 Then three thousand men of Judah
went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not
that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done
unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto
JUD 15:12 And they said unto him, We are
come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the
Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not
fall upon me yourselves.
JUD 15:13 And they spake unto him, saying,
No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but
surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and
brought him up from the rock.
JUD 15:14 And when he came unto Lehi, the
Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the LORD came mightily
upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was
burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
JUD 15:15 And he found a new jawbone of an
ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men
JUD 15:16 And Samson said, With the jawbone
of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a
JUD 15:17 And it came to pass, when he had
made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand,
and called that place Ramathlehi.
JUD 15:18 And he was sore athirst, and
called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into
the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the
hand of the uncircumcised?
JUD 15:19 But God clave an hollow place
that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk,
his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name
thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
JUD 15:20 And he judged Israel in the days
of the Philistines twenty years.
JUD 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw
there an harlot, and went in unto her.
JUD 16:2 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.
JUD 16:3 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
JUD 16:4 And it came to pass afterward,
that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
JUD 16:5 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.
JUD 16:6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell
me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou
mightest be bound to afflict thee.
JUD 16:7 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.
JUD 16:8 Then the lords of the Philistines
brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she
bound him with them.
JUD 16:9 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.
JUD 16:10 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.
JUD 16:11 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.
JUD 16:12 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.
JUD 16:13 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.
JUD 16:14 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.
JUD 16:15 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
JUD 16:16 And it came to pass, when she
pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was
vexed unto death;
JUD 16:17 That he told her all his heart,
and said unto her, There hath not come a razor 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
JUD 16:18 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 showed me all his
heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought
money in their hand.
JUD 16:19 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
JUD 16:20 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.
JUD 16:21 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.
JUD 16:22 Howbeit the hair of his head
began to grow again after he was shaven.
JUD 16:23 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.
JUD 16:24 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.
JUD 16:25 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.
JUD 16:26 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.
JUD 16:27 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
JUD 16:28 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.
JUD 16:29 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.
JUD 16:30 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
JUD 16:31 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 buryingplace of Manoah his
father. And he judged Israel twenty years.