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士师记 16

参孙和大利拉

1一天,参孙去迦萨,看见一个妓女,就与她亲近。 迦萨人得知参孙来了,便包围那地方,整夜埋伏在城门口,没有动手,心想:“等天一亮,我们就杀掉他。” 可是,参孙睡到半夜就起来,把城门的门扇连门框和门闩一同拆下,扛到希伯仑对面的山顶上。

后来,参孙在梭烈谷爱上一位名叫大利拉的女子。 非利士人的首领就上去见这女子,对她说:“请你哄参孙说出他为何有这么大力气,我们怎样才能制服他,把他绑起来。事后,我们每人会给你一千一百块银子。” 于是,大利拉问参孙:“求你告诉我,你为什么有这么大力气?用什么办法才能把你绑起来制服你?”

参孙说:“如果我被七根还没干的青绳子绑着,我的力气便会和普通人一样。” 非利士人的首领便把七根还没干的青绳子交给大利拉,她用那些绳子把参孙绑起来。 有人已预先埋伏在她的内室,于是她喊道:“参孙,非利士人来捉你了!”但参孙挣断了绳子,就像挣断火烧过的麻线一样。因此,仍然没有人知道他为何力气过人。

10 大利拉对参孙说:“你说谎捉弄我。现在请你告诉我,用什么方法才能绑住你?” 11 参孙回答说:“如果用从未用过的新绳子绑住我,我的力气就会和普通人一样。” 12 于是,大利拉让人埋伏在内室,她用七根新绳子绑住参孙,然后喊道:“参孙,非利士人来捉你了!”结果,参孙挣断了手臂上的绳子,就像挣断一根线一样。

13 大利拉对参孙说:“到现在你还是说谎捉弄我。请你告诉我,用什么方法才能绑住你?”参孙说:“你把我的七根发辨和织布机的线编在一起,用橛子钉牢就可以了。” 14 于是,大利拉把他的发辫和织布机的线编在一起,用橛子钉牢,然后喊道:“参孙,非利士人来捉你了!”参孙醒来,挣脱了织布机的橛子和线。

15 大利拉对参孙说:“你既然不跟我说真心话,还说什么爱我!你捉弄了我三次,没告诉我你为何力气过人。” 16 大利拉天天在他跟前唠叨不停,以致他烦得要死, 17 就把秘密告诉了她。他说:“我从不剃发,因为我一出生就献给上帝做拿细耳人了。如果剃掉我的头发,我的力气就会和普通人一样。”

18 大利拉见他说出了心中的秘密,就派人去通知非利士人的首领,说:“你们再来一次吧,他已经把秘密告诉我了。”于是,他们带着银子去了。 19 大利拉哄参孙枕着她的腿睡觉,然后叫人来剃掉他的七根发辫,使他力气尽失,无力反抗。 20 她喊道:“参孙,非利士人来捉你了!”参孙醒来,心想:“我要像前几次一样挣脱捆绑。”他却不知道耶和华已经离开他了。 21 非利士人拿住他,剜了他的眼睛,把他带到迦萨,用铜链锁住他,让他在监牢里推磨。 22 后来,他的头发又渐渐长出来了。

参孙之死

23 非利士人的首领聚在一起向他们的神明大衮献大祭,欢呼说:“我们的神把仇敌参孙交在我们手中了。” 24 众人看见参孙,就赞美他们的神明,说:“我们的神把仇敌交在我们手中了,他曾毁坏我们的田地,杀死我们许多人。” 25 他们都兴高采烈,并喊道:“把参孙带来让我们消遣消遣。”于是,有人把参孙从监牢里提出来供他们消遣,他们让他站在两根柱子中间。 26 参孙对拉着他手的童仆说:“带我到支撑这庙宇的柱子那里,我想靠一靠。” 27 那时,庙里挤满了男男女女,非利士人的首领们都在场,房顶上还有三千男女看参孙的热闹。

28 参孙向耶和华祷告说:“主耶和华啊,求你眷顾我!上帝啊,求你再次赐给我力量,使我向非利士人报剜眼之仇。” 29 参孙就抱住庙宇中央的两根柱子,一手抱一根, 30 然后喊道:“我要跟非利士人同归于尽!”于是,他一用力,庙宇倒塌,压住里面的首领和民众。参孙死时杀的人比他活着时杀的还多。 31 参孙的兄弟和家人取走他的尸体,葬在琐拉和以实陶之间他父亲玛挪亚的墓地里。参孙做以色列的士师二十年。

New International Reader's Version

Judges 16

Samson and Delilah

1One day Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place. They hid and waited for him at the city gate all night long. They didn’t make any move against him during the night. They said, “Let’s wait until the sun comes up. Then we’ll kill him.”

But Samson stayed there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up. He took hold of the doors of the city gate. He also took hold of the two doorposts. He tore them loose, together with their metal bar. He picked them up and put them on his shoulders. Then he carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

Some time later, Samson fell in love again. The woman lived in the Valley of Sorek. Her name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her. They said, “See if you can get him to tell you the secret of why he’s so strong. Find out how we can overpower him. Then we can tie him up. We can bring him under our control. Each of us will give you 28 pounds of silver.”

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of why you are so strong. Tell me how you can be tied up and controlled.”

Samson answered her, “Let someone tie me up with seven new bowstrings. They must be strings that aren’t completely dry. Then I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

So the Philistine rulers brought seven new bowstrings to her. They weren’t completely dry. Delilah tied Samson up with them. Men were hiding in the room. She called out to him, “Samson! The Philistines are attacking you!” But he snapped the bowstrings easily. They were like pieces of string that had come too close to a flame. So the secret of why he was so strong wasn’t discovered.

10 Delilah spoke to Samson again. “You have made me look foolish,” she said. “You told me a lie. Come on. Tell me how you can be tied up.”

11 Samson said, “Let someone tie me tightly with new ropes. They must be ropes that have never been used. Then I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

12 So Delilah got some new ropes. She tied him up with them. Men were hiding in the room. She called out to him, “Samson! The Philistines are attacking you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms. They fell off just as if they were threads.

13 Delilah spoke to Samson again. “All this time you have been making me look foolish,” she said. “You have been telling me lies. This time really tell me how you can be tied up.”

He replied, “Weave the seven braids of my hair into the cloth on a loom. Then tighten the cloth with a pin. If you do, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while Samson was sleeping, Delilah took hold of the seven braids of his hair. She wove them into the cloth on a loom. 14 Then she tightened the cloth with a pin.

Again she called out to him, “Samson! The Philistines are attacking you!” He woke up from his sleep. He pulled up the pin and the loom, together with the cloth.

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you’? You won’t even share your secret with me. This is the third time you have made me look foolish. And you still haven’t told me the secret of why you are so strong.” 16 She continued to pester him day after day. She nagged him until he was sick and tired of it.

17 So he told her everything. He said, “My hair has never been cut. That’s because I’ve been a Nazirite since the day I was born. A Nazirite is set apart to God. If you shave my head, I won’t be strong anymore. I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

18 Delilah realized he had told her everything. So she sent a message to the Philistine rulers. She said, “Come back one more time. He has told me everything.” So the rulers returned. They brought the silver with them. 19 Delilah got Samson to go to sleep on her lap. Then she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair. That’s how she began to bring Samson under her control. And he wasn’t strong anymore.

20 She called out, “Samson! The Philistines are attacking you!”

He woke up from his sleep. He thought, “I’ll go out just as I did before. I’ll shake myself free.” But he didn’t know that the Lord had left him.

21 Then the Philistines grabbed him. They poked his eyes out. They took him down to Gaza. They put bronze chains around him. Then they made him grind grain in the prison. 22 His head had been shaved. But the hair on it began to grow again.

Samson Dies

23 The rulers of the Philistines gathered together. They were going to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon. They were going to celebrate. They said, “Our god has handed our enemy Samson over to us.”

24 When the people saw Samson, they praised their god. They said,

“Our god has handed our enemy over to us.
    Our enemy has destroyed our land.
    He has killed large numbers of our people.”

25 After they had drunk a lot of wine, they shouted, “Bring Samson out. Let him put on a show for us.” So they called Samson out of the prison. He put on a show for them.

They had him stand near the temple pillars. 26 Then he spoke to the servant who was holding his hand. He said, “Put me where I can feel the pillars. I’m talking about the ones that hold up the temple. I want to lean against them.” 27 The temple was crowded with men and women. All the Philistine rulers were there. About 3,000 men and women were on the roof. They were watching Samson put on a show. 28 Then he prayed to the Lord. Samson said, “Lord and King, show me that you still have concern for me. Please, God, make me strong just one more time. Let me pay the Philistines back for what they did to my two eyes. Let me do it with only one blow.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two pillars that were in the middle of the temple. They were the ones that held up the temple. He put his right hand on one of them. He put his left hand on the other. He leaned hard against them. 30 Samson said, “Let me die together with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might. The temple came down on the rulers. It fell on all the people in it. So Samson killed many more Philistines when he died than he did while he lived.

31 Then his brothers went down to get him. So did his father’s whole family. All of them brought Samson back home. They buried him in the tomb of his father Manoah. It’s between Zorah and Eshtaol. Samson had led Israel for 20 years.