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Judges 16:7-9

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16:7 Samson said to her, “If they tie me up with seven fresh 1  bowstrings 2  that have not been dried, I will become weak and be just like any other man.” 16:8 So the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings which had not been dried and they tied him up with them. 16:9 They hid 3  in the bedroom and then she said to him, “The Philistines are here, 4  Samson!” He snapped the bowstrings as easily as a thread of yarn snaps when it is put close to fire. 5  The secret of his strength was not discovered. 6 

1 tn Or “moist.”

2 tn The word refers to a bowstring, probably made from animal tendons. See Ps 11:2; Job 30:11.

3 tn Heb “And the ones lying in wait were sitting for her.” The grammatically singular form וְהָאֹרֵב (vÿhaorev) is collective here, referring to the rulers as a group (so also in v. 16).

4 tn Heb “are upon you.”

5 tn Heb “when it smells fire.”

6 tn Heb “His strength was not known.”



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