Judges 16:11
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New International Version
He said, "If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I'll become as weak as any other man."

King James Bible
And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to her, If they should bind me fast with new ropes, with which no work has been done, then should I be weak, and be as another man.

World English Bible
He said to her, "If they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith unto her, 'If they certainly bind me with thick bands, new ones, by which work hath not been done, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If they bind me fast with new ropes - Samson wishes to keep up the opinion which the Philistines held; viz., that his mighty strength was the effect of some charm; and therefore he says, Seven green withs which had not been dried; new ropes that were never occupied; weave the seven locks of my hair with the web, etc.; the green withs, the new ropes, and the number seven, are such matters as would naturally be expected in a charm or spell.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

if they bind me

Proverbs 13:3,5 He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction...

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

that never. etc. Heb. wherewith work hath not been done.

Strength Profaned and Lost
'But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house. 22, Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23. Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Christian Ballads.
Echoes of Hebrew thought, if not Hebrew psalmody, may have made their way into the more serious pagan literature. At least in the more enlightened pagans there has ever revealed itself more or less the instinct of the human soul that "feels after" God. St. Paul in his address to the Athenians made a tactful as well as scholarly point to preface a missionary sermon when he cited a line from a poem of Aratus (B.C. 272) familiar, doubtless, to the majority of his hearers. Dr. Lyman Abbot has thus translated
Theron Brown—The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

For the understanding of the early history and religion of Israel, the book of Judges, which covers the period from the death of Joshua to the beginning of the struggle with the Philistines, is of inestimable importance; and it is very fortunate that the elements contributed by the later editors are so easily separated from the ancient stories whose moral they seek to point. That moral is most elaborately stated in ii. 6-iii. 6, which is a sort of programme or preface to iii. 7-xvi. 31, which constitutes
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Judges 16:10
Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied."

Judges 16:12
So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.

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