16:1 Then went Samson to a Gaza, and saw there an harlot, b
and went in unto her.
(a) One of the five chief cities of the Philistines.
(b) That is, he lodged with her.
16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said
unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength
[lieth], and by what [means] we may prevail against him,
that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee
every one of us eleven hundred c [pieces] of silver.
16:9 Now [there were] d men lying in wait, abiding with her in
the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines [be]
upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of
tow is broken when e it toucheth the fire. So his
strength was not known.
(d) Certain Philistines in a secret chamber.
(e) When fire comes near it.
16:10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me,
and told me lies: now f tell me, I pray thee, wherewith
thou mightest be bound.
(f) Though her deceit threatened his life, yet his
affection so blinded him, that he could not beware.
16:13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked
me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be
bound. g And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven
locks of my head with the web.
(g) It is impossible if we give place to our wicked
affections, for eventually we will be destroyed.
16:15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, h I love
thee, when thine heart [is] not with me? thou hast mocked
me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy
great strength [lieth].
(h) For Samson used to say "I love you".
16:17 That he told her all his i heart, and said unto her,
There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I [have
been] a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be
shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall
become weak, and be like any [other] man.
(i) Thus his immoderate affections toward a wicked woman
caused him to lose God's excellent gifts, and become a
slave to those whom he should have ruled.
16:19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for
a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of
his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength
went k from him.
(k) Not for the loss of his hair, but for the contempt of
the ordinance of God, which was the reason God
departed from him.
16:22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to l grow again after
he was shaven.
(l) Yet he did not regain his strength, till he had called
on God and reconciled himself.
16:25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that
they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And
they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he m
made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
(m) Thus by God's just judgments they are made slaves to
infidels if they neglect their calling to defend the
16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD,
remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee,
only this once, O God, that I may be at once n avenged
of the Philistines for my two eyes.
(n) According to my calling which is to execute God's
judgments on the wicked.
16:30 And Samson said, o Let me die with the Philistines. And
he bowed himself with [all his] might; and the house fell
upon the lords, and upon all the people that [were]
therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more
than [they] which he slew in his life.
(o) He does not speak out of despair, but humbling himself
for neglecting his office and the offence thereby