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Judges 16:7

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.”

Judges 16:11

16:11 He said to her, “If they tie me tightly with brand new ropes that have never been used, 3  I will become weak and be just like any other man.”

Judges 16:17

16:17 Finally he told her his secret. 4  He said to her, “My hair has never been cut, 5  for I have been dedicated to God 6  from the time I was conceived. 7  If my head 8  were shaved, my strength would leave me; I would become weak, and be just like all other men.”

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 “with which no work has been done.”

4 tn Heb “all his heart.”

5 tn Heb “a razor has not come upon my head.”

6 tn Or “set apart to God.” Traditionally the Hebrew term נָזִיר (nazir) has been translated “Nazirite.” The word is derived from the verb נָזַר (nazar, “to dedicate; to consecrate; to set apart”).

7 tn Heb “from the womb of my mother.”

8 tn Heb “I.” The referent has been made more specific in the translation (“my head”).

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