“And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.”
She has been called the Judas of the Old Testament.
“And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
She sold out Samson from 1,100 pieces of silver; yet another picture that the love of money is the root of all evil.
“And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.”
She brought weakness to the man of great strength.
His love for her made him willing to give her anything she desired, and she used that strength against him.
He told her three lies about the source of his strength.
“And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.”
She was persistent in her evil plot to remove his strength.
She urged him daily until he gave in to her tenacious requests.
“And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
She persuaded Samson to tell her all of his heart, and then sold her knowledge to the Philistines. Instead of stopping there, she allowed her sin to take her farther and farther until her mission was complete.
“And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.”
She had his hair shaved to afflict him, then watched his strength depart from him.
Delilah serves as an example of how sin and lust can ruin our reputation.
Still today, very few women share her name. Her lack of character is enshrined within the pages of Scripture for each generation to learn from her wickedness.
1 Corinthians 10:6,11
“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted… Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
Jeremiah 19-20 | John 16 | Psalm 28
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