Judges 16 ©
Samson escapeth from Gaza by carrying away the gates of the city. Delilah corrupted by the Philistines urgeth him to tell her where his strength lay; he thrice deceiveth her; but is at length prevailed upon, and his head shaven. The Philistines take him, and put out his eyes; but his strength is renewed as his hair groweth. The Philistines hold a great feast to Dagon, and send for Samson to make them sport; who pulleth down the house upon the heads of his enemies, and is slain with them.
And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come *hither. And cthey *compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were 2quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall dkill him.
And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and etook the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, 3bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.
And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and gby what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to 5afflict him: and hwe will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
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 8toucheth the fire. So his strength lwas not known.
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, qIf thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.
And it came to pass, when she upressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was 10*vexed unto death;
That he told her vall his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come wa 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 man.
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 xbrought money in their hand.
And it came to pass, when their hhearts 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 14them isport: and they set him between the pillars.
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.
And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and 15on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
And Samson said, Let 16me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house mfell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So nthe dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and oburied him between pZorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And qhe judged Israel twenty years.