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Judges 16 [Full Chapter]
[ Samson and Delilah ] One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.” But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron. ...

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His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.”
On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to steal our property?”
Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.” “I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?”
Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?” Samson said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.”
[ Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines ] Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, “I’m going to my wife’s room.” But her father would not let him go in.
When the Philistines asked, “Who did this?” they were told, “Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.” So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.
Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?” He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”
The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.”
But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
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52 topical index results for “samson”

EN-HAKKORE » A spring, miraculously supplied to Samson (Judges 15:19)
ESHTAOL » Samson moved by the spirit of the Lord near (Judges 13:25)
ETAM » A rock where Samson was bound and delivered to the Philistines (Judges 15:8,11-13)
FOX » Samson uses, to burn the field of the Philistines (Judges 15:4)
LEHI » A district of Judah, where Samson killed a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:9-19)
PHILISTINES » For their history during the leadership of Samson see (Judges 13;;;)
RAMATH-LEHI » The place where Samson killed one-thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:17)
ASS (DONKEY) » DOMESTICATED » Jawbone of, used by Samson with which to kill Philistines (Judges 15:15-17)

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