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Judges 16:5-7 Good News Translation (GNT)

The five Philistine kings went to her and said, “Trick Samson into telling you why he is so strong and how we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”

So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong. If someone wanted to tie you up and make you helpless, how could he do it?”

Samson answered, “If they tie me up with seven new bowstrings that are not dried out, I'll be as weak as anybody else.”

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Judges 16:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver.”

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”

Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 16:5 That is, about 28 pounds or about 13 kilograms
New International Version (NIV)

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