The Death of Samson

Judges 16

23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to n Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand." 24 And when the people saw him, o they praised their god. For they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us." 1 25 And p when their hearts were merry, they said, "Call Samson, that he may entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. 26 And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them." 27 Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and q on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained.

28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, "O Lord God, r please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes." 29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30 And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. 31 Then his brothers and all his family came down and took him and brought him up and buried him s between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel twenty years.

  1. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 10:10
    And they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
    1 Samuel 5:2 - 7
    Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.
  2. Cross References
    Daniel 5:4
    They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
  3. Cross References
    Judges 19:6
    So the two of them sat and ate and drank together. And the girl's father said to the man, "Be pleased to spend the night, and let your heart be merry.
    2 Samuel 13:28
    Then Absalom commanded his servants, "Mark when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, 'Strike Amnon,' then kill him. Do not fear; have I not commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 22:8
    When you build a new house, you shall make a pa...
    2 Samuel 11:2
    It happened, late one afternoon, when David aro...
    Nehemiah 8:16
    So the people went out and brought them and mad...
    Matthew 24:17
    Let the one who is on the housetop not go down ...
    Mark 13:15
    Let the one who is on the housetop not go down,...
    Luke 17:31
    On that day, let the one who is on the housetop...
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:15
    O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach.
  6. Cross References
    Judges 13:25
    And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
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