she made him helpless
Judges 16:1-19 (JDV)
Judges 16:1 Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went to have sex with her.
Judges 16:2 When the Gazites heard that Samson was there, they surrounded the place and waited to ambush him all that night at the city gate. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let’s wait until dawn; then we will murder him.”
Judges 16:3 But Samson stayed in bed only until midnight. Then he got up, took hold of the doors of the city gate along with the two gateposts, and pulled them out, bar and all. He put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the mountain overlooking Hebron.
Judges 16:4 Some time later, he became in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley.
Judges 16:5 The Philistine princes went to her and said, “Convince him to tell you where his great strength comes from, so we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Then each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”
Judges 16:6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me, where does your great strength come from? How could someone tie you up and make you helpless?”
Judges 16:7 Samson told her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh tent ropes that have not been dried, I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Judges 16:8 The Philistine leaders brought her seven fresh tent ropes that had not been dried, and she tied him up with them.
Judges 16:9 While the men in ambush were waiting in her room, she called out to him, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” But he snapped the tent ropes like a strand of yarn snaps when it touches fire. The secret of his strength stayed unknown.
Judges 16:10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Notice, you have mocked me and told me lies! Won’t you please tell me how you can be tied up?”
Judges 16:11 He told her, “If they tie me up with new cords that have never been used, I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Judges 16:12 Delilah took new cords, tied him up with them, and shouted, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” But while the men in ambush were waiting in her room, he snapped the cords off his arms like a thread.
Judges 16:13 Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have mocked me all along and told me lies! Tell me how you can be tied up.” He told her, “If you weave the seven braids on my head into the fabric on a loom– ”
Judges 16:14 She fastened the braids with a pin and called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” He woke up from his sleep and pulled out the pin, with the loom and the web.
Judges 16:15 “How can you say, ‘I love you,'” she told him, “when your heart is not with me? This is the third time you have mocked me and not told me what makes your strength so great!”
Judges 16:16 Because she nagged him daily and pleaded with him until his throat was impatient enough to die,
Judges 16:17 he told her the whole truth and said to her, “My hair has never been cut, because I am a Nazirite to God from birth. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any other man.”
Judges 16:18 When Delilah realized that he had told her the whole truth, she sent this message to the Philistine leaders: “Come one more time, because he has told me the whole truth.” The Philistine leaders came to her and brought the silver with them.
Judges 16:19 Then she let him fall asleep on her lap and called a man to shave off the seven braids on his head. This is how she made him helpless, and his strength left him.
she made him helpless
Delilah and the Philistines shared in the blame for Samson’s shameful fall into sin, weakness and helplessness. The Philistines were wise touse her to get to him. Is the devil using someone to make you weak? Don’t let that happen. Change the circumstances that put you in the way of temptation and compromise.
LORD, give us friends who build us up spiritually, and give us wisdom to avoidthose who tempt us to be weak.