Judges 16:6
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 can be tied up and subdued.”

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.

New King James Version
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.”

New American Standard Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you can be bound to humble you.”

NASB 1995
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you."

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

Amplified Bible
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies and with what you may be bound and subdued.”

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? ”

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?"

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Daliyala said to Samson: “Show me in what is your great power and by what you are bound and if you may be deprived”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Dalida said to Sampson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein is thy great strength, and wherewith thou shalt be bound that thou mayest be humbled.

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."

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.

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.

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?"

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?"

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."

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.'

Literal Standard Version
And Delilah says to Samson, “Please declare to me wherein your great power [is], and with what you are bound, to afflict you.”

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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 can 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 neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Proverbs 6:26
For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

Proverbs 7:21
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.









(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."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So Delilah
דְּלִילָה֙ (də·lî·lāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1807: Delilah -- Philistine mistress of Samson

said
וַתֹּ֤אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Samson,
שִׁמְשׁ֔וֹן (šim·šō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8123: Samson -- a deliverer of Israel

“Please
נָּ֣א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

tell me
הַגִּֽידָה־ (hag·gî·ḏāh-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

the source
בַּמֶּ֖ה (bam·meh)
Preposition-b | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

of your great
גָד֑וֹל (ḡā·ḏō·wl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent

strength
כֹּחֲךָ֣ (kō·ḥă·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

and how
וּבַמֶּ֥ה (ū·ḇam·meh)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

you could be tied up
תֵאָסֵ֖ר (ṯê·’ā·sêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 631: To yoke, hitch, to fasten, to join battle

and subdued.”
לְעַנּוֹתֶֽךָ׃ (lə·‘an·nō·w·ṯe·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6031: To be bowed down or afflicted


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