Judges 16:1
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.

Berean Study Bible
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went in to spend the night with 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
One day while Samson was in Gaza, he saw a prostitute and went to her house to spend the night.

Good News Translation
One day Samson went to the Philistine city of Gaza, where he met a prostitute and went to bed with 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Sampson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in to 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;
Study Bible
Samson Escapes Gaza
1One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went in to spend the night with her. 2When the Gazites heard that Samson was there, they surrounded that place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They were quiet throughout the night, saying, “Let us wait until dawn; then we will kill him.”…
Cross References
Joshua 15:47
Ashdod, with its towns and villages; Gaza, with its towns and villages, as far as the Brook of Egypt and the coastline of the Great Sea.

Judges 16:2
When the Gazites heard that Samson was there, they surrounded that place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They were quiet throughout the night, saying, "Let us wait until dawn; then we will kill him."

Treasury of Scripture

Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to her.

Gaza.

Genesis 10:19
And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

Joshua 15:47
Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof:

an harlot.

Genesis 38:16-18
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? …

Ezra 9:1,2
Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites…







Lexicon
One day Samson
שִׁמְשׁ֖וֹן (šim·šō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8123: Samson -- a deliverer of Israel

went
וַיֵּ֥לֶךְ (way·yê·leḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

to Gaza,
עַזָּ֑תָה (‘az·zā·ṯāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5804: A Philistine city

where
שָׁם֙ (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

he saw
וַיַּרְא־ (way·yar-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

a prostitute
זוֹנָ֔ה (zō·w·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2181: To commit adultery, to commit idolatry

and went in to spend the night
וַיָּבֹ֖א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

with her.
אֵלֶֽיהָ׃ (’ê·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to
(1) Then went Samson to Gaza.--Rather, And Samson, &c. The narrative is brief and detached. Gaza is near the sea, and was the chief town of the Philistines, in the very heart of their country. It is useless to inquire how Samson could venture there in safety, or whether he went in disguise, or what was his object in going there; to such side-questions the narrative gives us no reply.

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. 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.
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