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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and slept with 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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Then. It should be and. There is nothing to show when the incident occurred. It may have been many years after his victory at hal-Lechi, towards the latter part of his twenty years' judgeship. Gaza, now Ghuzzeh, one of the five chief cities of the Philistines, once a strong place, but now a large open town. It was the last town in South-West Palestine on the road from Jerusalem to Egypt (Acts 8:26, 27). It played an important part in history in all ages - in the times, of the Pharaohs, the Seleucidae, the Maccabees, the Romans, the Khalifs, and the Crusaders. It was within the limits of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:47). It is first mentioned in Genesis 10:19, as the south-west border of the Canaanites. Its real transliteration from the Hebrew is Azzah, as it is actually expressed in the A.V. of Deuteronomy 2:23, and 1 Kings 4:24. Gaza is the Greek form.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then went Samson to Gaza,.... One of the five principalities of the Philistines, which was ten miles from Ashkelon, as Sandys (q) says; who also describes (r) it as standing upon an hill environed with valleys, and these again well nigh enclosed with hills, most of them planted with all sorts of delicate fruits; and, according to Bunting (s), forty two miles from Ramathlehi, the place where we last hear of him; see Gill on Amos 1:6, Zephaniah 2:4 what he went hither for is not easy to say; it showed great boldness and courage, after he had made such a slaughter of the Philistines, to venture himself in one of their strongest cities, where he must expect to be exposed to danger; though it is highly probable this was a long time after his last encounter with them:

and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her; the Targum renders it an innkeeper, one that kept a victualling house; so Kimchi, Ben Gersom, and Ben Melech interpret it; into whose house he went for entertainment and lodging, and very probably in the dusk of the evening; and the woman that kept this house might herself be an harlot, or, however, Samson saw one in her house, with whom he was captivated, and went in unto her, or had criminal conversation with her; it seems as if he did not turn in thither with any such wicked design, but on sight of the person was ensnared to commit lewdness with her; and, as Lyra says, there were many hostesses in some places, and so here, who too easily prostituted themselves to their guests.

(q) Travels, l. 3. p. 118. (r) Travels, l. 3. p. 116. (s) Ut supra. (Travels, l. 3. p. 118.)

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 16

Jud 16:1-3. Samson Carries Away the Gates of Gaza.

1, 2. Gaza—now Guzzah, the capital of the largest of the five Philistine principal cities, about fifteen miles southwest of Ashkelon. The object of this visit to this city is not recorded, and unless he had gone in disguise, it was a perilous exposure of his life in one of the enemy's strongholds. It soon became known that he was there; and it was immediately resolved to secure him. But deeming themselves certain of their prey, the Gazites deferred the execution of their measure till the morning.

Judges 16:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of Egypt and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

Judges 16:2
The people of Gaza were told, "Samson is here!" So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, "At dawn we'll kill him."
Treasury of Scripture

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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