Judges 16:6
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New International Version
So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."

New Living Translation
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely."

English Standard Version
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.”

Berean Study Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me the source of your great strength and how you could be tied up and subdued.”

New American Standard Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you."

King James Bible
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

Christian Standard Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me, where does your great strength come from? How could someone tie you up and make you helpless?"

Contemporary English Version
The next time Samson was at Delilah's house, she asked, "Samson, what makes you so strong? How can I tie you up so you can't get away? Come on, you can tell me."

Good News Translation
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong. If someone wanted to tie you up and make you helpless, how could he do it?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me, where does your great strength come from? How could someone tie you up and make you helpless?"

International Standard Version
So Delilah asked Samson, "Please tell me the secret to your great strength and how you may be tied up and tortured."

NET Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me what makes you so strong and how you can be subdued and humiliated."

New Heart English Bible
Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you can be bound and subdued."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong. How can you be tied up so that someone could torture you?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Delilah said to Samson: 'Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.'

New American Standard 1977
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, what gives thee thy great strength and how might thou be bound to afflict thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you, where your great strength lies, and with what you might be bound to afflict you.

American King James Version
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you, wherein your great strength lies, and with which you might be bound to afflict you.

American Standard Version
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Dalila said to Samson: Tell me, I beseech thee, wherein thy greatest strength lieth, and what it is wherewith if thou wert bound thou couldst not break loose.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, in what is thy great strength, and with what thou mightest be bound to overpower thee.

English Revised Version
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, in what thy great strength lieth, and with what thou mayest be bound to afflict thee.

World English Bible
Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and what you might be bound to afflict you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Delilah saith unto Samson, 'Declare, I pray thee, to me, wherein thy great power is, and wherewith thou art bound, to afflict thee.'
Study Bible
Samson and Delilah
5The lords of the Philistines went to her and said, “Entice him and find out the source of his great strength and how we can overpower him to tie him up and subdue him. Then each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.” 6So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me the source of your great strength and how you could be tied up and subdued.” 7Samson told her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I will become as weak as any other man.”…
Cross References
Judges 16:5
The lords of the Philistines went to her and said, "Entice him and find out the source of his great strength and how we can overpower him to tie him up and subdue him. Then each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver."

Judges 16:7
Samson told her, "If they tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I will become as weak as any other man."

Treasury of Scripture

And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you, wherein your great strength lies, and with which you might be bound to afflict you.

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Proverbs 6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: …

Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering …

Jeremiah 9:2-5 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; …

Micah 7:2,5 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …







(6) And wherewith thou mightest be bound.--The narrative, if taken as a full account of all that took place, would leave in the mind an impression of almost incredible fatuity on the part of Samson. The general lesson is that of 1 Esdras 4:26 : "Many have gone out of their wits for women, and have become slaves on account of them; many have perished and erred and sinned by reason of women." (Comp. Proverbs 7:26.) Eastern legends constantly show how women have deceived even prophets. But there was no reason why the sacred historian should linger over the details of scenes so unworthy. If Delilah spoke thus plainly at once, we can only imagine that she was professing to treat the whole matter as a jest. Josephus says: "When Samson was drinking, or at other moments, expressing admiration of his deeds, she kept scheming how to ascertain in what way he was so pre-eminent in valour." An illustration may be found in 1 Esdras 4:29 : "I saw Apame taking the crown from the king's head and setting it on her own head; she also struck the king with her left hand, and yet for all that the king gaped and gazed upon her with open mouth. If she laughed upon him, he laughed; if she took displeasure at him, he flattered her, that she may be reconciled to him." The genius of a great poet has depicted such wiles in the idyll of Merlin and Vivi-enne, and it is only by supposing that such wiles were put forth in this instance that we can retain credit for even the most ordinary sense on the part of the Danite hero. But his fault was not stupidity--it was sensual infatuation; and in the ruin and shame which this sensual weakness brought upon him, and the way in which, step by step, it led him to forfeit the great gift of God, lies the chief moral of the story. We find the same lesson in the legend of Hercules and Omphale; and even if this legend was not influenced by the story of Samson's life, yet there is a general analogy between the character of the Greek and the Jewish hero. Samson was no Solomon, and yet the heart of even Solomon--

". . . . though large,

Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell."

And Delilah said to Samson,.... At a proper opportunity, when in his hands and caresses, as Josephus relates (e), and introduced it in an artful manner, admiring his strange exploits, and wondering how he could perform them:

tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth; which she proposed seemingly out of mere curiosity, and as it would be a proof of his affection to her, to impart the secret to her:

and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee; not that she suggested to him that she was desirous to have him afflicted, or to try the experiment herself in order to afflict him, but to know by what means, if he was bound, it would be afflicting to him so that he could not relieve himself; she knew he might be bound, if he would admit of it, as he had been, but she wanted to know how he might be bound, so as to be held, and could not loose himself.

(e) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 8. sect. 9.) 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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