Judg 13:24

(NIV)
The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the  Lord blessed him,
(ESV)
And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the  Lord blessed him.

Judg 14:1

(NIV)
Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman.
(ESV)
Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines.

Judg 14:3

(NIV)
His father and mother replied, ‘Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?’

But Samson said to his father, ‘Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.’
(ESV)
But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.”

Judg 14:5

(NIV)
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring towards him.
(ESV)
Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring.

Judg 14:7

(NIV)
Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.

(ESV)
Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson’s eyes.

Judg 14:10

(NIV)
Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men.
(ESV)
His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, for so the young men used to do.

Judg 14:12

(NIV)
‘Let me tell you a riddle,’ Samson said to them. ‘If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.
(ESV)
And Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes,

Judg 14:15

(NIV)
On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, ‘Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to steal our property?’

(ESV)
On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband to tell us what the riddle is, lest we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?”

Judg 14:16

(NIV)
Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, ‘You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.’

‘I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,’ he replied, ‘so why should I explain it to you?’
(ESV)
And Samson’s wife wept over him and said, “You only hate me; you do not love me. You have put a riddle to my people, and you have not told me what it is.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?”

Judg 14:20

(NIV)
And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.

(ESV)
And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

Judg 15:1

(NIV)
Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, ‘I’m going to my wife’s room.’ But her father would not let him go in.

(ESV)
After some days, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife with a young goat. And he said, “I will go in to my wife in the chamber.” But her father would not allow him to go in.

Judg 15:3

(NIV)
Samson said to them, ‘This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.’
(ESV)
And Samson said to them, “This time I shall be innocent in regard to the Philistines, when I do them harm.”

Judg 15:4

(NIV)
So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,
(ESV)
So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails.

Judg 15:6

(NIV)
When the Philistines asked, ‘Who did this?’ they were told, ‘Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.’

So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.
(ESV)
Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?” And they said, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” And the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire.

Judg 15:7

(NIV)
Samson said to them, ‘Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.’
(ESV)
And Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will be avenged on you, and after that I will quit.”

Judg 15:10

(NIV)
The people of Judah asked, ‘Why have you come to fight us?’

‘We have come to take Samson prisoner,’ they answered, ‘to do to him as he did to us.’

(ESV)
And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”

Judg 15:11

(NIV)
Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, ‘Don’t you realise that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?’

He answered, ‘I merely did to them what they did to me.’

(ESV)
Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.”

Judg 15:12

(NIV)
They said to him, ‘We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.’

Samson said, ‘Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.’

(ESV)
And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.”

Judg 15:16

(NIV)
Then Samson said,

‘With a donkey’s jawbone
I have made donkeys of them.
With a donkey’s jawbone
I have killed a thousand men.’
(ESV)
And Samson said,

“With the jawbone of a donkey,
heaps upon heaps,
with the jawbone of a donkey
have I struck down a thousand men.”

Judg 16:1

(NIV)
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.
(ESV)
Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her.

Judg 16:2

(NIV)
The people of Gaza were told, ‘Samson is here!’ So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, ‘At dawn we’ll kill him.’

(ESV)
The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.”

Judg 16:3

(NIV)
But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

(ESV)
But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

Judg 16:6

(NIV)
So Delilah said to Samson, ‘Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.’

(ESV)
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.”

Judg 16:7

(NIV)
Samson answered her, ‘If anyone ties me with seven fresh bow-strings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.’

(ESV)
Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

Judg 16:9

(NIV)
With men hidden in the room, she called to him, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ But he snapped the bow-strings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

(ESV)
Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

Judg 16:10

(NIV)
Then Delilah said to Samson, ‘You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.’

(ESV)
Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you might be bound.”

Judg 16:12

(NIV)
So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.

(ESV)
So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And the men lying in ambush were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread.

Judg 16:13

(NIV)
Delilah then said to Samson, ‘All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.’

He replied, ‘If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.’ So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric
(ESV)
Then Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

Judg 16:14

(NIV)
and tightened it with the pin.

Again she called to him, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.

(ESV)
So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web. And she made them tight with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.

Judg 16:20

(NIV)
Then she called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’

He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the  Lord had left him.

(ESV)
And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the  Lord had left him.

Judg 16:23

(NIV)
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.’

(ESV)
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.”

Judg 16:25

(NIV)
While they were in high spirits, they shouted, ‘Bring out Samson to entertain us.’ So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.

When they stood him among the pillars,
(ESV)
And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars.

Judg 16:26

(NIV)
Samson said to the servant who held his hand, ‘Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.’
(ESV)
And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.”

Judg 16:27

(NIV)
Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.
(ESV)
Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained.

Judg 16:28

(NIV)
Then Samson prayed to the  Lord, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.’
(ESV)
Then Samson called to the  Lord and said, “O Lord  God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Judg 16:29

(NIV)
Then Samson reached towards the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,
(ESV)
And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other.

Judg 16:30

(NIV)
Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

(ESV)
And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

Heb 11:32

(NIV)
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,
(ESV)
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon Barak Samson Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets
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