Judges 16:11
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New International Version
He said, "If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I'll become as weak as any other man."

New Living Translation
Samson replied, "If I were tied up with brand-new ropes that had never been used, I would become as weak as anyone else."

English Standard Version
And he said to her, “If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

New American Standard Bible
He said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes which have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man."

King James Bible
And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He told her, "If they tie me up with new ropes that have never been used, I will become weak and be like any other man."

International Standard Version
He told her, "If I'm tied up securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I'll become weak and just like any other human being."

NET Bible
He said to her, "If they tie me tightly with brand new ropes that have never been used, I will become weak and be just like any other man."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson told her, "If someone ties me up tightly with new ropes that have never been used, I will be like any other man."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then I shall become weak and be as any other man.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto her, If they bind me securely with new ropes that never were used, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

American King James Version
And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

American Standard Version
And he said unto her, If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no work hath been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answered her: If I shall be bound with new ropes, that were never in work, I shall be weak and like other men.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to her, If they should bind me fast with new ropes, with which no work has been done, then should I be weak, and be as another man.

English Revised Version
And he said unto her, If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no work hath been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were used, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

World English Bible
He said to her, "If they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith unto her, 'If they certainly bind me with thick bands, new ones, by which work hath not been done, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:4-17 Samson had been more than once brought into mischief and danger by the love of women, yet he would not take warning, but is again taken in the same snare, and this third time is fatal. Licentiousness is one of the things that take away the heart. This is a deep pit into which many have fallen; but from which few have escaped, and those by a miracle of mercy, with the loss of reputation and usefulness, of almost all, except their souls. The anguish of the suffering is ten thousand times greater than all the pleasures of the sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Ropes - literally, twisted things; hence cords or ropes, as Psalm 2:3; Isaiah 5:18. Occupied - an old obsolete phrase, for which we should now say used.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto her,.... Abarbinel presents Samson replying to her, that he had told her the truth at first, only forgot one circumstance, that the "cords", for so he takes the word for "withs" to signify, should be "new", such as were never used, as follows:

if they bind me fast with new ropes, that never were occupied; the word signifies thick ropes, which, according to Kimchi and Ben Melech, were trebled, or made of three cords twisted together, and those such as were just made, and had never been put to any use, and so strong and firm:

then shall I be weak, and be as another man; see Judges 16:7.



Judges 16:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samson and Delilah
10Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me how you may be bound." 11He said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes which have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man." 12So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" For the men were lying in wait in the inner room. But he snapped the ropes from his arms like a thread.…
Cross References
Judges 16:10
Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied."

Judges 16:12
So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.
Treasury of Scripture

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