1 Samson then went to Gaza and, seeing a prostitute there, went in to her.
Josh 15:47 Ezra 9:1-2 Gen 10:19 Gen 38:16-18
2 The men of Gaza being told, 'Samson has arrived,' surrounded the place and kept watch for him the whole night at the town gate. All that night they were going to make no move, thinking, 'Let us wait until daybreak, and then kill him.'
1Sam 23:26 Ps 118:10-12 Acts 9:24 1Sam 19:11 2Cor 11:32-33 Acts 23:15 Judg 15:18
3 Till midnight, however, Samson stayed in bed, and then at midnight he got up, seized the doors of the town gate and the two posts as well; he tore them up, bar and all, hoisted them on to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill overlooking Hebron.
Acts 2:24 Isa 63:1-5 Mic 2:13 Ps 107:16
4 After this, he fell in love with a woman in the Vale of Sorek; she was called Delilah.
1Cor 10:6 1Kgs 11:1 Neh 13:26 Prov 22:14 Prov 23:27 Prov 26:11 Prov 27:22
5 The Philistine chiefs visited her and said, 'Cajole him and find out where his great strength comes from, and how we can master him, so that we can bind him and subdue him. In return we shall each give you eleven hundred silver shekels.'
Josh 13:3 Judg 14:15 1Cor 6:15-18 1Sam 29:6 1Tim 6:9-10 Gen 33:16 Judg 3:3
6 Delilah said to Samson, 'Please tell me where your great strength comes from, and what would be needed to bind and subdue you.'
Jer 9:2-5 Mic 7:2 Mic 7:5 Ps 12:2 Prov 6:26 Prov 7:21 Prov 22:14
7 Samson replied, 'If I were bound with seven new bowstrings which had not yet been dried, I should lose my strength and become like any other man.'
1Sam 19:17 1Sam 21:2-3 1Sam 27:10 Col 3:9 Gal 6:7 Judg 16:10 Rom 3:8
8 The Philistine chiefs brought Delilah seven new bowstrings which had not yet been dried and she took them and bound him with them.
9 She had men concealed in her room, and she shouted, 'The Philistines are on you, Samson!' Then he snapped the bowstrings as a strand of tow snaps at a touch of the fire. So the secret of his strength remained unknown.
10 Delilah then said to Samson, 'You have been laughing at me and telling me lies. But now please tell me what would be needed to bind you.'
Judg 16:13 Ezek 33:31 Judg 16:7 Judg 16:15-17 Luke 22:48 Prov 23:7-8 Prov 24:28
11 He replied, 'If I were bound tightly with new ropes which have never been used, I should lose my strength and become like any other man.'
Eph 4:25 Judg 15:13 Prov 13:3 Prov 13:5 Prov 29:25
12 Delilah then took new ropes and bound him with them, and she shouted, 'The Philistines are on you, Samson!' She had men concealed in her room, but he snapped the ropes round his arms like thread.
13 Delilah then said to Samson, 'Up to now you have been laughing at me and telling me lies. Tell me what would be needed to bind you.' He replied, 'If you wove the seven locks of my hair into the warp of a cloth and beat them together tight with the reed, I should lose my strength and become like any other man.'
14 She lulled him to sleep, then wove the seven locks of his hair into the warp, beat them together tight with the reed and shouted, 'The Philistines are on you, Samson!' He woke from his sleep and pulled out both reed and warp. So the secret of his strength remained unknown.
Ezra 9:13-14 Ps 106:43
15 Delilah said to him, 'How can you say that you love me, when your heart is not with me? Three times now you have laughed at me and have not told me where your great strength comes from.'
Judg 14:16 1John 2:15-16 1John 5:3 1Sam 15:13-14 2Cor 5:14-15 2Sam 16:17 Deut 6:5
16 And day after day she pestered him with her talk, nagging him till he grew sick to death of it.
Job 21:4 Jonah 4:9 Luke 11:8 Luke 18:5 Mark 14:24 Prov 7:21-23 Prov 7:26-27
17 At last he confided everything to her; he said to her, 'A razor has never touched my head, because I have been God's nazirite from my mother's womb. If my head were shorn, then my power would leave me and I should lose my strength and become like any other man.'
Mic 7:5 Judg 13:5 Prov 12:23 Num 6:5 Acts 18:18 Num 6:2 Prov 29:12
18 Delilah then realized that he had really confided in her; she sent for the Philistine princes with the message, 'Come just once more: he has confided everything to me.' And the Philistine chiefs came to her with the money in their hands.
Judg 16:5 1Kgs 21:20 1Tim 6:10 Eph 5:5 Jer 9:4-6 Matt 26:15 Num 22:7
19 She lulled Samson to sleep in her lap, summoned a man and had him shear off the seven locks from his head. Thus for the first time she got control over him, and his strength left him.
Prov 7:26-27 Eccl 7:26 Prov 7:21-23 Prov 23:33-34
20 She cried, 'The Philistines are on you, Samson!' He awoke from sleep, thinking, 'I shall break free as I have done time after time and shake myself clear.' But he did not know that Yahweh had left him.
Num 14:42-43 1Sam 16:14 Josh 7:12 1Sam 18:12 2Cor 3:5 2Chr 15:2 Hos 7:9
21 The Philistines seized him, put out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. They fettered him with a double chain of bronze and he spent his time turning the mill in the prison.
Exod 11:5 Isa 47:2 Matt 24:41 2Chr 33:11 2Kgs 25:7 Ps 107:10-12 Ps 149:8
22 But his hair began to grow again when it had been cut off.
Deut 32:36 Lev 26:44 Ps 106:44-45 Ps 107:13-14
23 The Philistine chiefs assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god. And amid their festivities they said: Into our hands our god has delivered Samson our enemy.
1Sam 5:2-5 1Chr 10:10 1Cor 8:4-5 1Cor 10:20 Jer 2:11 Job 30:9-10 Mic 4:5
24 And as soon as the people saw their god, they acclaimed him, shouting his praises: Into our hands our god has delivered Samson our enemy, the man who laid our country waste and killed so many of us.
Dan 5:4 1Chr 10:9 1Sam 31:9 Dan 5:23 Deut 32:27 Ezek 20:14 Hab 1:16
25 And as their hearts were full of joy, they shouted, 'Summon Samson out to amuse us.' So Samson was summoned from prison, and he performed feats in front of them; then he was put to stand between the pillars.
2Sam 13:28 Judg 9:27 Judg 19:6 1Kgs 20:12 Dan 5:2-3 Esth 3:15 Heb 11:36
26 Samson then said to the boy who was leading him by the hand, 'Lead me where I can touch the pillars supporting the building, so that I can lean against them.'
27 Now the building was crowded with men and women. All the Philistine chiefs were there, while about three thousand men and women were watching Samson's feats from the terrace.
Deut 22:8 2Sam 11:2 Josh 2:8 Judg 9:51
28 Samson called on Yahweh and cried out, 'Lord Yahweh, I beg you, remember me; give me strength again this once, O God, and let me be revenged on the Philistines at one blow for my two eyes.'
Jer 15:15 2Tim 4:14 Ps 50:15 Ps 74:18-23 Ps 143:12 2Chr 20:12 Heb 11:32
29 And Samson took hold of the two central pillars supporting the building, and braced himself with his right arm round one and his left round the other;
30 and he shouted, 'Let me die with the Philistines!' He then heaved with all his might, and the building fell on the chiefs and on all the people there. Those whom he brought to their death by his death outnumbered those whom he had done to death during his life.
Matt 16:25 1Thess 5:2 Acts 20:24 Acts 21:13 Col 2:15 Eccl 9:12 Gen 3:15
31 His brothers and the whole of his father's family came down and carried him away. They took him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel for twenty years.
Judg 15:20 Judg 13:2 Judg 13:25 John 19:39-42 Josh 19:41