This post is Day 28 in a series of studies about “Samson”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

Feel free to comment below with your own thoughts about each verse and how you will be acting on each thought. Also, if you haven’t yet signed up to receive the notifications of new studies, you can do that today. (The form is at the bottom of the page).

Samson – Day 28

Judges 16:23-24

Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.”

The Thought

There has been no mention of the god Dagon until now in this almost unbelievable story. But when there is a victory of any sort people want to show their gratitude to whoever deserves the credit. It doesn’t seem that Delilah got too much credit except for the huge sums of money she got for finding out Samson’s secret (v5).

Victory over an enemy is always worth celebrating whichever side you are on, and here the enemy of God’s people Israel were celebrating with sacrifices to their god Dagon.

Several demonic Gods are mentioned in the Old Testament, each one is a form or a representative of satan who has been a beaten foe since Jesus died on the cross and over came him by rising out of hell and moving on to heaven where He has prepared an eternal home for each one of us (John 14:2).

In Samson’s story, the celebrating Philistines seem to have missed one important thing.

Samson was getting his strength back! But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved (v22). That would change everything!


Do you think Delilah had any regrets? Was she present at the festivities, or had she disappeared with the money?

Think today about how you would celebrate victory over a long standing enemy.

Read and meditate on this verse from St. Paul who had many challenges during his lifetime. Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Praise God in advance for any victory you are praying for.

For a full list of online studies available on this site, please click here.

If there is a subject you would like to see on this site, please use the comment section below or drop us an email (there’s a link at the very top of the page). We can’t promise to cover them all, and our studies are usually prepared a month or two in advance, so please be patient.

For a full list of physical resources available through this site, please click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *