Judges 16:4
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New International Version
Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.

New Living Translation
Some time later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek.

English Standard Version
After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

New American Standard Bible
After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

King James Bible
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some time later, he fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley.

International Standard Version
After this incident, he loved a woman in Sorek Valley whose name was Delilah.

NET Bible
After this Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley.

New Heart English Bible
It came to pass afterward, that he fell in love with a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After [leaving Gaza], he fell in love with a woman in the Sorek Valley. Her name was Delilah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

New American Standard 1977
After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass afterward that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

American King James Version
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
After this he loved a woman, who dwelt in the valley of Sorec, and she was called Dalila.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass afterwards that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

World English Bible
It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass afterwards that he loveth a woman in the valley of Sorek, and her name is Delilah,
Study Bible
Samson and Delilah
3Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron. 4After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."…
Cross References
Judges 16:3
Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.

Judges 16:5
The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."
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And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

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in the valley or by the brook

(4) He loved a woman.--Delilah was not, as Milton represents, his wife. Josephus (Antt. v. 8, 11) says that she was one who played the harlot among the Philistines, and the fathers all speak of her in similar terms. Nor is it at all clear--as is generally assumed--that she was a Philistine.

In the valley of Sorek.--The English Version here follows the Vulgate, but the word for valley is nachal, and the words may mean (as the LXX. take them) "on the brook of Sorek." Sorek was not in the Philistine district, but was near Samson's native town of Zorah (Judges 13:2). It seems to have derived its name from the "choice vines" that grew there (Genesis 49:11; Isaiah 5:2; Jeremiah 2:21, Hebr.).

Delilah.--The "tender" or "delicate." Ewald thinks it means "the traitress," referring to Journ. Asiat., 2:389. The Rabbis refer it to the root daldal, "to debilitate."

Verse 4. - Sorek. See Judges 14:5, note. The name has not yet been discovered as applied to any existing spot; but Eusebius in the 'Onomasticon' speaks of a village Caphar-sorek as still existing near Zorah. The term valley (nachal) describes a wady, i.e. a narrow valley with a stream. And it came to pass afterwards, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek,.... Which, according to Adrichomius (y) was but half a mile from the brook Eshcol, from whence the spies brought a bunch of grapes, as a specimen of the fruit of the land of Canaan; and this valley of Sorek seems to have been famous for the best wine, and hither Samson retired for refreshment and pleasure; but, according to Jerom (z), it was on the north of Eleutheropolis, where, he says, was shown a village in his time called Capharsorech, near the village Zorah, from whence Samson was; and Bunting (a) makes it to be twelve miles from Hebron, and twelve from Jerusalem; where he met with a woman he loved; whether she was an Israelite, or one of the daughters of the Philistines, they now being the rulers of Israel, is not said; most likely the latter, as say Ben Gersom and Abarbinel, since the lords of the Philistines were so intimate with her, and were entertained in her house, and she showed more respect to them than to Samson. The Jews say she became a proselyte, but if she did, there is very little evidence of her being a sincere one: some have thought, that the courtship to her was a lawful conjugal love; that falling in love with her, he courted and married her; but this is not very likely, since no mention is made of his marriage to her, nor did he take her home, but dwelt in her house: it rather seems to be an impure and unlawful love he had to her, and that she was an harlot, as Josephus (b); and all her conduct and behaviour confirm the same:

whose name was Delilah; the Jews say (c) she was so called because she weakened the heart and spirit of Samson, and weakened his strength, and weakened his works; and therefore, if this had not been her name, they say it was one very proper for her.

(y) Ut supra, (Theatrum Terra Sanct.) p. 24. (z) De loc. Heb. fol. 94. L. (a) Travels, p. 116, 117. (b) Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 8.) sect. 11. (c) T. Bab. Sotah, fol. 9. 2.Jud 16:4-14. Delilah Corrupted by the Philistines.

4. he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek—The location of this place is not known, nor can the character of Delilah be clearly ascertained. Her abode, her mercenary character, and her heartless blandishments afford too much reason to believe she was a profligate woman.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.
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