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17 So he confided everything to her,[a] and he said to her, “A razor has never touched[b] my head, for I am a Nazirite of God[c] from birth.[d] If I am shaved my strength will leave me, and I will become weak, like everyone else.

18 Delilah realized that he had confided in her,[e] so she sent and called the rulers of the Philistines, saying, “Come up one more time, for he has confided in me.”[f] And the rulers of the Philistines came up, and they brought the money with them.[g] 19 And she put him to sleep on her lap; then she called the men[h] and shaved off seven locks of his head. Then she began to subdue him,[i] and his strength went away from him.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 16:17 Literally “he told her all his heart”
  2. Judges 16:17 Literally “has never gone up”
  3. Judges 16:17 Literally “consecrated of God” or “devoted of God”
  4. Judges 16:17 Literally “from the womb of my mother”
  5. Judges 16:18 Literally “he had told her all his heart”
  6. Judges 16:18 Literally “he has told me all his heart”
  7. Judges 16:18 Literally “in their hand”
  8. Judges 16:19 Hebrew “man”
  9. Judges 16:19 Or “humiliate him”

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