The Death of Samson

Judges 16

23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to l Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said:
"Our god has delivered into our hands
Samson our enemy!"
24 When the people saw him, they m praised their god; for they said:
"Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy,
The destroyer of our land,
And the one who multiplied our dead."
25 So it happened, when their hearts were n merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may perform for us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars. 26 Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them." 27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there - about three thousand men and women on the o roof watching while Samson performed.

28 Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, "O Lord GOD, p remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!" 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. 31 And his brothers and all his father's household came down and took him, and brought him up and q buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel r twenty years.

  1. Cross References
    1 Samuel 5:2
    When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.
  2. Cross References
    Daniel 5:4
    They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.
  3. Cross References
    Judges 9:27
    So they went out into the fields, and gathered grapes from their vineyards and trod them, and made merry. And they went into the house of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed Abimelech.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 22:8
    When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring guilt of bloodshed on your household if anyone falls from it.
  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 enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
  6. Cross References
    Judges 13:25
    And the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
  7. Cross References
    Judges 15:20
    And he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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