Samson and DeliliahSamson & Delilah - "There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children.  Then the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, 'Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son.  Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing.  For behold, you shall conceive  and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines." (Judges 13:1-5, NASB)

 

The boy grew to become the man Samson and he was the most famous of the judges of Israel.  He was blessed by the Lord with superhuman strength and killed entire armies single-handedly.

 

"Then the Philistines went up and camped in Judah, and spread out in Lehi.  The men of Judah said, 'Why have you come up against us?'  And they said, 'We have come up to bind Samson in order to do to him as he did to us.'  Then 3000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, 'Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us?  What then is this that you have done to us?'  And he said to them, 'As they did to me, so I have done to them.'  They said to him, 'We have come down to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.'  And Samson said to them, 'Swear to me that you will not kill me.'  So they said to him, 'No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands; yet surely we will not kill you.'  Then they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.  When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him.  And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands.  He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.

 

"Then Samson said.
'With the jawbone of a donkey,
heaps upon heaps.
With the jawbone of a donkey,
I have killed a thousand men.'

 

"When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place Ramath-lehi (which means jawbone hill)." (Judges 15:9-17, NASB)

 

Samson and DeliliahBut after that, he met a woman named Delilah, and the Philistines used her to discover his weakness.

 

"After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.  And the lords of the Philstines came up to her and said to her, 'Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him.  Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.' (Judges 16:4-5, NASB)

 

After much prodding, he finally gave her the answer she was seeking.

 

"It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death.  So he told her all that was in his heart and said to her, 'A razor has never come on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb.  If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.'  When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, 'Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart.'  Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands.  She made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair.  Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him.  She said, 'The Philistines are upon you, Samson!'  And he awoke from his sleep and said, 'I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.'  But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.  Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison.  However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off." (Judges 16:16-22, NASB)