Story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible


Story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible

Story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible


Today we learn about the story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible. What does the Bible say about their lives? Who were Samson and Delilah, what is written about them in the Bible? They are two of the most prominent Biblical figures in Christian culture. 


Samson is known for his incredible strength, and is said to be one of the strongest. His enemies use Delilah to discover the secret of his power. They wanted to know the secret of his power and eliminate him. Let's learn more about them in the context of the New Testament of the Bible. 


Who were Samson and Delilah? 


In the story of Samson and Delilah, Samson was beloved by the Lord from childhood, just as he was loved by the prophets Samuel and John the Baptist. So it would give Israel freedom from the Philistines, a task that Saul, Samuel, and King David had taken even further. Because he was a judge. He was a strong man, a brave gymnast and a giant. 


It was the Hebrew Hercules and Champion for God! He hated the Philistines and was ready to fight them. He seemed to be seeking personal revenge. That is why in the New Testament his name is mentioned among the heroes of the faith. He was a good-natured, sarcastic and humorous man, and was willing to fight with his power and wit as well as his fists. 


Delilah, a Philistine woman, deceived Samson along with the Philistines. According to Judges Chapter 16, the woman betrayed her love for Samson, so she is not called his wife. 


What is the Biblical Story of Samson and Delilah? 


Samson came to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute. There was a beautiful woman in the valley of Surach, and her name was Delilah. Samson fell in love with her. 


The people of Gaza know that Samson has come to Gaza. They surrounded him, and all night long they kept watch on him at the gate of the city, and waited for the morning, that we might kill him in the morning. But they could not succeed in this project. 


Then the lords of the Philistines came to Delilah and said to her, What is the secret of your princess? That we may overcome him, and bind him, and afflict him: if you do this, each of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver. Then she agreed to it. 


Then Delilah asked Samson, If you love me, tell me what your princess's secret is. How can you be hurt? Then he said to Delilah, If I have seven green seeds that do not wither, If I am tied with them, I will become weak like a common man. 


Then Delilah said to the lords of the Philistine, bring me seven fresh and green reeds, green bowstrings that will not dry up. It had to be fresh, then he tied Samson to them. 


Then he said to Samson to test him, Get up, the Philistines have come to arrest you! He got up with a shock and broke the 7 strings of the bow, just as the gold thread breaks when it touches the fire. Therefore, by this act, Delilah did not know the secret of his power. (Judges 16:7-9) 


Then Delilah said to him, "Behold, you have mocked me and lied to me." He then said,  Please tell me how you can be tied and tortured. He then said, If you tie me with strong and new ropes, which are not used, I will become weak and become like a common man. 


So Delilah called for new ropes that had not been used, and she tied Samson to the ropes, and said to him, Samson, the Philistines have captured you! Hearing this, he shook violently and broke the thread ropes with his arms. Then Delilah said to him, You have mocked me this time also, and have told me a great lie. 


How did Delilah Learn the Secret of Samson's Power? 


When she taunted him daily with her words, and forced him, and said, How can I believe you love me? When you do not trust me, and your heart is not with me. You didn't tell me the truth three times, but you made fun of me. When he pressed her with his harsh words, and asked her to intercede for him, she decided to tell. 


However, Samson put his hand on his heart and told him that the razor has not been on my head since childhood. But I am a watchman for the Lord from my mother's womb. If all the hair of my head is cut off, I will no longer have strength, and thus I will become weak like an ordinary man. 


How does Delilah Betray Samson? 


When Delilah was convinced that Samson had told me the truth, So he told the Philistines that this time he had told me the secret of his power. Then the Philistines came to him and gave him his reward. 


Then Delilah put Samson on his thighs and told a man to cut off all the hair on his head, that is, shave off the seven locks of his head, and Delilah began to torture him because his strength was gone from his body. Knowing the secret of Samson's strength, he was painfully tormented. 


He has disobeyed the Lord, and God has forsaken him. The Philistines will seize Samson, gouge out his eyes, and take him to Gaza. Then he was bound with strong chains of brass and put in prison. After shaving the head, the hair will begin to grow again. (Judges 16:18-22) 


Samson Disobeys God 


Samson has sex with Delilah, a non-Jewish woman who was a prostitute by profession. However, she deceives him, because he had revealed his secret to her. He had informed her of his Nazirite status. 


According to Judges 16: 17, Samson told him the secret of his power: From my youth until now I have never had a razor on my head. If my head is shaved, strength and power will not remain in me. Because it shows the level of his power. 


This means that he does all of this willingly, and also unrepentantly violates God's commandments. The means of repentance after breaking these commandments are clearly described in "Numbers chapter 6." Samson had also neglected the Holy Scriptures. 


He knew that by doing such a thing the source of his power, which is the Holy Spirit, He'll be out of her life. If he breaks his hair. He was even blinded and taken captive, yet Samson did not repent. 


After going to prison and the power, he does not ask for forgiveness from the Lord even in his last 'prayer'. He has no regrets about this work. He only asks God for one last power, so that he can avenge the Philistines for their oppression of him. 


How did Samson Die? 


Story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible


And when they had taken Samson, the Philistines gathered themselves together to sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to make merry, and they said together, our god Dagon hath given our enemy into our hand. When the people there see Samson, they will begin to praise their God. 


The people there said that this is our enemy, that he has destroyed our country, and that he has killed many of our people. And when their hearts rejoiced at these words, they said, "Call him here, that we may torment him and entertain him." So the princes called him out of the prison, and began to amuse him by torturing him. 


All of them put Samson between the pillars. Then Samson spoke to the young man who was holding his hand tightly. Said to him, Let me feel the strength of the pillars on which this house is erected, whether it is strong and whether I can lean on them. 


It was a big house full of men and women. All the people of the Philistines and the princes were gathered there, and there were about three thousand men and women on the roof, enjoying the entertainment of Samson. (Judges 16:23-27) 


And Samson cried unto the LORD in his distress, and said, Remember me, O God of heaven, and look upon me: O God LORD, strengthen me only once, and strengthen me, that I may avenge my two eyes upon the Philistines. Then he took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house was built and threw all his weight on them. 


For his right hand was on the one pillar, and his left hand on the other. And he said, Lord God, let me die with the Philistines. And Samson bowed his head with all his might and with all his might, and went to the house where they were. 


The governor, the chief, and all the people were present. They all fell down, and all the people who were there with Samson died. So the women, men, and princes whom he killed at the time of his death were more than all the men and women whom Samson had killed during his lifetime. 


Then came his brothers, and all his father's house, and took up Samson's body. Then his brothers buried him with Samson in the cemetery between Zerah and Estal, where his father Manoah was buried. He judged Israel for 20 years. (Judges 16:28-31) 


Finally, the Lesson 


The Story of Samson and Delilah shows that Delilah was quite a remarkable woman because of her beauty, mental ability, personal charm, and self-compassion. This was a woman who should be respected and admired because of her beauty and features, but she who betrayed Samson should be rejected because she was unfaithful. 


Like Samson, we must not turn away from God, but we must be faithful to God. No stranger should be trusted, so that we do not have to suffer. I hope you have learned a lot from this lesson. 



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