This post is Day 26 in a series of studies about “Samson”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Samson – Day 26

Judges 16:17-19

No razor has ever been used on my head, because I have been a Nazarite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb…
When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

The Thought

Delilah was certainly not in love with Samson, but she kept her eye on the prize! Having nagged him so much, he eventually gave in, and told her the secret of his strength. She wanted the reward!

What we are learning about Samson is that he slept well! Do you suppose he slept well, because he had no fear? After the other attempts that Delilah had made to subdue him, why was he still trusting her? Some of the Old Testament stories leave us with more questions than they answer!

This is the fourth time that Samson had wakened to find the Philistine leaders in his bedroom! Why was he not more careful and more attentive to what his girlfriend was doing? And why did he still see her? Love does the strangest things to people!

And why did he not ask himself about the Philistines in her house?


Ask yourself today about how trusting you are of other people in your life, friends, family, neighbours or work associates.

The Bible is full of love stories, some which worked out well, some which didn’t. Paul, who was never married, gave advice to people who were, and his famous passage on Love is often read at marriage ceremonies. Read 1 Corinthians 13 today and pray for your own relationships.

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