CLV(i) 1 And Samson goes to Gaza, and sees there a woman, a harlot, and goes in unto her;" 2 [it is told] to the Gazathites, saying, `Samson has come in hither;' and they go round and lay wait for him all the night at the gate of the city, and keep themselves silent all the night, saying, `Till the light of the morning--then we have slain him.. 3 And Samson lies down till the middle of the night, and rises in the middle of the night, and lays hold on the doors of the gate of the city, and on the two side posts, and removes them with the bar, and puts on his shoulders, and takes them up unto the top of the hill, which [is] on the front of Hebron. 4 And it comes to pass afterwards that he loves a woman in the valley of Sorek, and her name [is] Delilah, 5 and the princes of the Philistines come up unto her, and say to her, `Entice him, and see wherein his great power [is], and wherein we are able for him--and we have bound him to afflict him, and we--we give to you, each one, eleven hundred silverlings.. 6 And Delilah said unto Samson, `Declare, I pray you, to me, wherein your great power [is], and wherewith you are bound, to afflict you.. 7 And Samson said unto her, `If they bind me with seven green withs which have not been dried, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.. 8 And the princes of the Philistines bring up to her seven green withs which have not been dried, and she binds him with them. 9 And the ambush is abiding with her in an inner chamber, and she said unto him, `Philistines [are] upon you, Samson;' and he breaks the withs as a thread of tow is broken in its smelling fire, and his power has not been known. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, `Lo, you have played upon me, and speak unto me lies; now, declare, I pray you, to me, wherewith you are bound.. 11 And he said unto her, `If they certainly bind me with thick bands, new ones, by which work has not been done, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.. 12 And Delilah takes thick bands, new ones, and binds him with them, and said unto him, `Philistines [are] upon you, Samson;' and the ambush is abiding in an inner chamber, and he breaks them from off his arms as a thread. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, `Hitherto you have played upon me, and do speak unto me lies; declare to me wherewith you are bound.' And he said unto her, `If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.. 14 And she fixes [it] with the pin, and said unto him, `Philistines [are] upon you, Samson;' and he awakes out of his sleep, and journeys with the pin of the weaving machine, and with the web. 15 And she said unto him, `How do you say, I have loved you, and your heart is not with me? these three times you have played upon me, and have not declared to me wherein your great power [is].. 16 And it comes to pass, because she distressed him with her words all the days, and does urge him, and his soul is grieved to death, 17 that he declares to her all his heart, and said to her, `A razor has not gone up on my head, for a Nazarite to Elohim I [am] from the womb of my mother; if I have been shaven, then has my power turned aside from me, and I have been weak, and have been as any of the human race.. 18 And Delilah sees that he has declared to her all his heart, and she sends and calls for the princes of the Philistines, saying, `Come up this time, for he has declared to me all his heart;' and the princes of the Philistines have come up unto her, and bring up the money in their hand. 19 and she makes him sleep on her knees, and calls for a man, and shaves the seven locks of his head, and begins to afflict him, and his power turns aside from off him;" 20 and she said, `Philistines [are] upon you, Samson;' and he awakes out of his sleep, and said, `I go out as time by time, and shake myself;' and he has not known that Yahweh has turned aside from off him. 21 And the Philistines seize him, and pick out his eyes, and bring him down to Gaza, and bind him with two brazen fetters; and he is grinding in the prison-house. 22 And the hair of his head begins to shoot up, when he has been shaven, 23 and the princes of the Philistines have been gathered together to sacrifice a great sacrifice to Dagon their elohim, and to rejoice; and they say, `Our elohim has given into our hand Samson our enemy.. 24 And the people see him, and praise their elohim, for they said, `Our elohim has given in our hand our enemy, and he who is laying waste our land, and who multiplied our wounded.. 25 And it comes to pass, when their heart [is] glad, that they say, `Call for Samson, and he does play before us;' and they call for Samson out of the prison-house, and he plays before them, and they cause him to stand between the pillars. 26 And Samson said unto the young man who is keeping hold on his hand, `Let me alone, and let me feel the pillars on which the house is established, and I lean upon them.. 27 And the house has been full of men and of women, and thither [are] all the princes of the Philistines, and on the roof [are] about three thousand men and women, who are looking on the playing of Samson. 28 And Samson calls unto Yahweh, and said, `Lord Yahweh, remember me, I pray You, and strengthen me, I pray You, only this time, O Elohim; and I am avenged--vengeance at once--because of my two eyes, on the Philistines.. 29 And Samson turns aside [to] the two middle pillars, on which the house is established, and on which it is supported, [to] the one with his right hand, and one with his left;" 30 and Samson said, `Let me die with the Philistines,' and he inclines himself powerfully, and the house falls on the princes, and on all the people who [are] in it, and the dead whom he has put to death in his death are more than those whom he put to death in his life. 31 And his brethren come down, and all the house of his father, and lift him up, and bring him up, and bury him between Zorah and Eshtaol, in the burying-place of Manoah his father; and he has judged Israel twenty years.