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Judges 16:12-14

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16:12 So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are here, 1  Samson!” (The Philistines were hiding in the bedroom.) 2  But he tore the ropes 3  from his arms as if they were a piece of thread.

16:13 Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies. Tell me how you can be subdued.” He said to her, “If you weave the seven braids of my hair 4  into the fabric on the loom 5  and secure it with the pin, I will become weak and be like any other man.” 16:14 So she made him go to sleep, wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric on the loom, fastened it with the pin, and said to him, “The Philistines are here, 6  Samson!” 7  He woke up 8  and tore away the pin of the loom and the fabric.

1 tn Heb “are upon you.”

2 tn Heb “And the ones lying in wait were sitting in the bedroom.”

3 tn Heb “them”; the referent (the ropes) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “head” (also in the following verse). By metonymy the head is mentioned in the Hebrew text in place of the hair on it.

5 tn Heb “with the web.” For a discussion of how Delilah did this, see C. F. Burney, Judges, 381, and G. F. Moore, Judges (ICC), 353-54.

6 tn Heb “are upon you.”

7 tc The MT of vv. 13b-14a reads simply, “He said to her, ‘If you weave the seven braids of my head with the web.’ And she fastened with the pin and said to him.” The additional words in the translation, “and secure it with the pin, I will become weak and be like any other man.’ 16:14 So she made him go to sleep, wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric on the loom,” which without doubt represent the original text, are supplied from the ancient Greek version. (In both vv. 13b and 14a the Greek version has “to the wall” after “with the pin,” but this is an interpretive addition that reflects a misunderstanding of ancient weaving equipment. See G. F. Moore, Judges [ICC], 353-54.) The Hebrew textual tradition was accidentally shortened during the copying process. A scribe’s eye jumped from the first instance of “with the web” to the second, causing him to leave out inadvertently the intervening words.

8 tn The Hebrew adds, “from his sleep.” This has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.



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