SynopsisIn this passage we get to the story for which Samson is famous. In fact, you don’t normally even hear Samson’s name without hearing “and Delilah” right after it. But the passage starts with Samson visiting a prostitute.
Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.” (verse 10)See below for my (rather obvious) thoughts on this; I don’t know what Samson’s thoughts are, but he tells her another fake version of where his strength comes from: if anyone ties him with seven new ropes, it will rob him of his strength. And the same thing happens again: She ties him with seven ropes, calls out that the Philistines are upon him, he easily snaps the ropes, and, one assumes, overpowers the Philistines.
Delilah realizes that he has told her the truth this time, and once more she sends word to the Philistines, telling them that this time he’s told her everything. They show up, silver in hand, and get ready.
Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”
But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. (verse 22)We’ll have to see how this plays out in the next passage.