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Reformation Study Bible – Judges 16:1–22
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Judges 16:1–22

16:1–22 This account contains two parallel stories showing Samson’s desire for women, his prodigious strength, and the efforts the Philistines made to capture him. Samson’s continual covenant breaking was judged by God; he was captured by the Philistines and blinded (vv. 21–22). Delilah’s attempts to snare Samson reveal Samson to be a fool for remaining with her. It is even more strange that the Spirit of God leaves him only when his hair is cut, not at an earlier point of his covenant breaking. God was patient with Samson until the last sign of his vow was gone, and then God judged him.