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Samson Prevailed!

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Published on: May 23, 2018

There was a man named Manoah, and his wife did not bear any children.  However, an angel of the Lord came to her and told her that she was going to have a son.  The angel also told her that her son was not to drink any wine or eat any unclean thing and he would be a Nazarite.  Additionally, no one would cut his hair and that it would be the source of his strength, and he would deliver the Israelites from the Philistines.

She went inside and told her husband what the angel told her.

They had a son and called him Samson.

Samson went to a city called Timnah and saw a daughter of the Philistines and told his father and mother that he wanted to have her as his wife.

As he was going to Timnah, a young lion roared at Samson and the spirit of God came upon him and he destroyed the lion.   On his way back, Samson saw honey in the dead lion’s mouth, and he decided to violate his Nazarite vow by touching the dead animal in order to tase the honey.

During the wedding, Samson gave his 30 guests a riddle and said that if they did not know the answer that they would pay him thirty garments and if they did know the answer that he would pay the same.

The riddle was “Out of the eater came forth meat.  Out of the strong came forth sweetness.”

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They could not answer it and came to Samson’s bride to entice and threatened her saying that they would burn down her house with her and her father in it. She wept, and Samson told her the answer.  In turn, she told the Philistines.

When the appointed time had come, Samson asked if anyone knew the answer and they said, “What is sweeter than honey and what is stronger than a lion?”

Samson then went out and killed 30 Philistines and took their garments and went to his wife’s house, but she was given to Samson’s guest.

So, Samson took 300 foxes and put firebrands on their tails and set them on fire and burned the Philistines crops. The Philistines were livid with Samson and told the Israelites that they wanted Samson or else.

Three thousand men came and bound Samson.  However, Samson would burst out of the ropes and then took a jawbone of a donkey and killed 1000 Philistines.

Samson was in a city and the Philistines wanted to kill him and were going to wait until morning, but Samson got up at midnight and destroyed the city.

Samson was later in a city called Sorek where he fell in love with a woman named Delilah and she wanted to know the secret of his strength.  Samson was having fun with her on a lot of fake secret strengths but eventually, he told her that if she cut off his hair that he would be as weak as any other man.

In the morning, Samson was as weak as all the men because Delilah had Samson’s hair cut off.

The Philistines put out his eyes and made him blind and their slave.

However, there was to be a celebration at their temple and Samson was put on display to be mocked and humiliated.

Samson asked if he could lean on the two main pillars of the temple so he could rest, but Samson prayed, “Lord let me die with the Philistines,” and he broke the pillars.

In the end,  he slew more Philistines than he had during his lifetime.

You can read the story of Samson in the book of Judges.

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