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 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.

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.

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 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.







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

you could be tied up
תֵאָסֵ֖ר (ṯê·’ā·sêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6031: To be bowed down or afflicted
(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."

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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