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Delilah's Greed
by Derek Dill
11/10/08
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Judges 16:4-18

Delilah was a woman who was fueled by deceit and greed. Samson, a man who possessed great strength, was in love with her. The lords of the Philistines wanted to the source of Samson's strength so they could capture him and make him suffer. They approached Delilah. The lords of Philistine wanted her to get this information out of Samuel. They would each give her eleven hundred pieces of silver.

Delilah made three attempts to find out from Samuel what the source of his great strength was and how he could be defeated. This is very tellling about her greed. She did not give up after the first time. Delilah had set her mind to the fact that she was determined to get the money, so she continued to on.

Each time, men would be lying in wait, ready to overtake Samson, and each time Samson tricked Delilah. The source of his strength remained a mystery.

Each day, Delilah pestered and pressed Samson, so much so, that he became impatient to the point death. He broke down and confessed that he had never had a haircut and had been a Nazarite, which meant that he could not drink alcohol, cut his hair, or have contact with the dead. Nazarites were considered to be separated by God and considered to be holy. If his head was shaven, then his strength would leave him and he would become weak. He would be like any other man.

When Delilah reasoned that Samson had told her the truth, she called for the lords of the Philistines and told them what she had learned from Samuel. They paid her the money.

Delilah lulled Samuel to sleep on her knees. She called for a man to shave off Samson's hair. She then began to torment him in his sleep. Samson's strength left him. Delilah woke Samson up and told him that he was caught. Samson thought they he would be able to escape, as he had in the past, but he didn't know that the Lord had left him.

Delilah was an evil woman who used deceit to sell Samson out for money.


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