Judges 16:1
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New International Version
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.

New Living Translation
One day Samson went to the Philistine town of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute.

English Standard Version
Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her.

New American Standard Bible
Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.

King James Bible
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went to bed with her.

International Standard Version
Sometime later, Samson went to Gaza, saw a prostitute there, and went in to have sex with her.

NET Bible
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and went in to have sex with her.

New Heart English Bible
And Samson went from there to Gaza, and saw a prostitute there, and went in to her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and slept with her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

New American Standard 1977
Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there and went in unto her.

King James 2000 Bible
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

American King James Version
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to her.

American Standard Version
And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He went also into Gaza, and saw there a woman a harlot, and went in unto her.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samson went to Gazah, and saw there a harlot, and went in to her.

English Revised Version
And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in to her.

World English Bible
Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a prostitute, and went in to her.

Young's Literal Translation
And Samson goeth to Gaza, and seeth there a woman, a harlot, and goeth in unto her;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:1-3 Hitherto Samson's character has appeared glorious, though uncommon. In this chapter we find him behaving in so wicked a manner, that many question whether or not he were a godly man. But the apostle has determined this, Heb 11:32. By adverting to the doctrines and examples of Scripture, the artifices of Satan, the deceitfulness of the human heart, and the methods in which the Lord frequently deals with his people, we may learn useful lessons from this history, at which some needlessly stumble, while others cavil and object. The peculiar time in which Samson lived may account for many things, which, if done in our time, and without the special appointment of Heaven, would be highly criminal. And there might have been in him many exercises of piety, which, if recorded, would have reflected a different light upon his character. Observe Samson's danger. Oh that all who indulge their sensual appetites in drunkenness, or any fleshly lusts, would see themselves thus surrounded, way-laid, and marked for ruin by their spiritual enemies! The faster they sleep, the more secure they feel, the greater their danger. We hope it was with a pious resolution not to return to his sin, that he rose under a fear of the danger he was in. Can I be safe under this guilt? It was bad that he lay down without such checks; but it would have been worse, if he had laid still under them.
Study Bible
Samson Escapes Gaza
1Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her. 2When it was told to the Gazites, saying, "Samson has come here," they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, "Let us wait until the morning light, then we will kill him."…
Cross References
Joshua 15:47
Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; as far as the brook of Egypt and the Great Sea, even its coastline.

Judges 16:2
When it was told to the Gazites, saying, "Samson has come here," they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, "Let us wait until the morning light, then we will kill him."
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Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to her.

Gaza. Gaza, a city of great antiquity, was situated between Raphia and Askelon, twenty-two miles north of the former, and sixteen south of of the latter, according to the Antonine Itinerary; three miles from the sea, according to Adrian, and thirty-four from Ashdod or Azotus, according to Diodorus Siculus. It was a place of great strength and importance; and successively belonged to the Philistines, Hebrews, Chaldeans, and Persians; which latter defended it for two months against Alexander the great, who finally took and destroyed it. It was afterwards rebuilt, and alternately possessed by the Egyptians, Syrians, and Jews. The present town, which the Arabs call Razza, is situated on an eminence, and is rendered picturesque by the number of fine minarets which rise majestically above the buildings, with beautiful date threes interspersed. It contains upwards of

Genesis 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you come to Gerar, …

Joshua 15:47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her …

an harlot. Heb. a woman an harlot. and went

Genesis 38:16-18 And he turned to her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let …

Ezra 9:1,2 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, …

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