Judges 16:7
New International Version
Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

New Living Translation
Samson replied, “If I were tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I would become as weak as anyone else.”

English Standard Version
Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

Berean Study Bible
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.”

King James Bible
And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

New King James Version
And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

New American Standard Bible
And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh animal tendons that have not been dried, then I will become weak and be like any other man.”

NASB 1995
Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords that have not been dried, then I will become weak and be like any other man.”

NASB 1977
And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

Amplified Bible
Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords (tendons) that have not been dried, then I will be weak and be like any [other] man.”

Christian Standard Bible
Samson told her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I will become weak and be like any other man.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samson told her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I will become weak and be like any other man.”

American Standard Version
And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withes that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Samson said to her, “If they will bind me with seven green bow strings that have not been dried, I will be weakened, and it happens I am as one man”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Sampson said to her, If they bind me with seven moist cords that have not been spoiled, then shall I be weak and be as one of ordinary men.

Contemporary English Version
Samson answered, "If someone ties me up with seven new bowstrings that have never been dried, it will make me just as weak as anyone else."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samson answered her: If I shall be bound with seven cords made of sinews not yet dry, but still moist, I shall be weak like other men.

English Revised Version
And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withes that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Good News Translation
Samson answered, "If they tie me up with seven new bowstrings that are not dried out, I'll be as weak as anybody else."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson told her, "If someone ties me up with seven new bowstrings that are not dried out, I will be like any other man."

International Standard Version
Samson replied, "If I'm tied up with seven green cords that have never been dried out, then I'll become weak and just like any other human being."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samson said unto her: 'If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as any other man.'

Literal Standard Version
And Samson says to her, “If they bind me with seven green cords which have not been dried, then I have been weak, and have been as one of mankind.”

NET Bible
Samson said to her, "If they tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I will become weak and be just like any other man."

New Heart English Bible
Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven green cords that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man."

World English Bible
Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven green cords that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man."

Young's Literal Translation
And Samson saith unto her, 'If they bind me with seven green withs which have not been dried, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Samson and Delilah
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.” 8So the lords of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him up with them.…

Cross References
Judges 16:6
So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me the source of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."

Judges 16:8
So the lords of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him up with them.

Judges 16:9
While the men were hidden in her room, she called out, "Samson, the Philistines are here!" But he snapped the bowstrings like a strand of yarn seared by a flame. So the source of his strength remained unknown.


Treasury of Scripture

And Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green thongs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

if they bind

Judges 16:10
And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.

1 Samuel 19:17
And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?

1 Samuel 21:2,3
And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place…

green withs, or new cords.









(7) Green withs.--The meaning of the words is uncertain. Probably the LXX. and the Vulg. are right in taking them to mean moist, i.e., fresh sinews (Psalm 11:2) (LAX., Neurais hugrais; Vulg., Nerviceis funibus necdum siccis et adhuc humentibus). Josephus says "vine shoots," but fresh vine shoots would be ridiculously inadequate. The number seven is used as the sacred number implying perfectness; and it is one of the signs that even thus early Samson is playing about on the confines of his secret.

As another man.--Literally, as one man, i.e., as an ordinary man.

Verse 7. - As another man - literally, as one of men, i.e. of mankind, not different from other men. As regards the word rendered withs, it is not certain whether strings of cat-gut are not meant In Psalm 11:2 the same word is used of a bow-string. The word rendered green means fresh or new, and might be equally applied to catgut strings or withs.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

told her,
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

they tie me up
יַאַסְרֻ֗נִי (ya·’as·ru·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's 631: To yoke, hitch, to fasten, to join battle

with seven
בְּשִׁבְעָ֛ה (bə·šiḇ·‘āh)
Preposition-b | Number - masculine singular
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

fresh
לַחִ֖ים (la·ḥîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 3892: Fresh, unused, undried

bowstrings
יְתָרִ֥ים (yə·ṯā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3499: An overhanging, an excess, superiority, remainder, a small rope

that
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

have not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

been dried,
חֹרָ֑בוּ‪‬ (ḥō·rā·ḇū)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2717: To parch, to desolate, destroy, kill

I will become as weak
וְחָלִ֥יתִי (wə·ḥā·lî·ṯî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2470: To be weak or sick

as any
כְּאַחַ֥ד (kə·’a·ḥaḏ)
Preposition-k | Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 259: United, one, first

other man.”
הָאָדָֽם׃ (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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