Bible study 226 – Judges 16: “Samson 4 – Suicide attack”

Samson falls in love with a woman called Delilah, and the Philistines bribe her into finding out how to subjugate Samson. She asks hims three times, but Samson lies each time; but the fourth time, he tells her that by shaving off his hair he will lose his strength. (This is why his mother was instructed by God not to shave his head in chapter 13.) The next time Samson is asleep in her lap, Delilah has someone shave his hair, and the Philistines capture him and gouge out his eyes.

They hold a huge party in a temple, where thousands of Philistines watch Samson “perform for them”. But by now Samson’s hair has started to grow back, and so has his strength. He decides to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to murder everyone in the temple. So he grasps the two middle pillars of the temple and knock them over. The whole temple falls apart, crushing both Samson and the thousands of men and women inside.

Judges 16:30
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.”

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Samson and Delilah by Lucas Cranach the Elder, ca. 1528–30. Source.


The Blinded Samson by Lovis Corinth, 1912. Source.


Samson destroys the Philistine temple. Source.


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