judge noted for great physical strength.
Samson battled Israel's enemies
Samson was born to
aged parents. He was a Nazirite set apart for God's service and therefore
did not cut his hair or drink alcohol. His exploits included tearing a
lion apart with his bare hands, killing a company of the men of Ashdod,
setting fire to their fields and orchards, and slaughtering a thousand
men with the jawbone of an ass. After a Philistine
woman named Delilah enticed Samson to reveal the secret of his great strength,
she cut off his hair, and the Philistines gouged out his eyes, bound him
with strong fetters, and set him to grind at the mill in the prison. But
Samson's hair, the secret of his strength, began to grow again. The day
came when the Philistine lords sent for the blind Samson to laugh at him.
Samson felt for the pillars on which the house rested, pulled them down,
and died along with many Philistines.
13:1-25 - Birth
16:4-31 - Delilah