The Bible and its Story: Samson Captured

Such is the weakness and folly of man that despite all Delilah’s proven and repeated treachery Samson had at length placed himself really in her power. His strength did indeed lie in his wonderful long locks of hair. By command of the angel, given before his birth, he had been dedicated to God. He had become what was called a Nazarite, and one of the vows imposed upon him had been that he would never let a razor or other blade cut off his hair. If shorn of the glory of his locks, he would be shorn also of his physical glory.

‎So when for the fourth and final time Delilah raised her eager cry, “The Philistines be upon thee!” there was no escape for the foolish giant. He had betrayed God’s trust as well as man’s; he was helpless among his enemies.

‎Eagerly they bound and dragged him forth; and, as the artist here conceives the scene, they must have haled the raging, despairing Samson through the streets, with Delilah perchance peeping after them through the window, already half regretful at the loss of her lover.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

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