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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CommentaryClarke'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
that never. etc. Heb. wherewith work hath not been done.
LibraryStrength 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
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."
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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