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The rulers of the Philistines went up to visit her and said to her, “Trick him! Find out what makes him so strong and how we can subdue him and humiliate[a] him. Each one of us will give you 1,100 silver pieces.”

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me what makes you so strong and how you can be subdued and humiliated.”[b] Samson said to her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh[c] bowstrings[d] that have not been dried, I will become weak and be just like any other man.”

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 16:5 tn Heb “subdue him in order to humiliate him.”
  2. Judges 16:6 tn Heb “how you can be subdued in order to be humiliated.”
  3. Judges 16:7 tn Or “moist.”
  4. Judges 16:7 tn The word refers to a bowstring, probably made from animal tendons. See Ps 11:2; Job 30:11.

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