(Mat 13:38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares [darnel or false grain] are the children of the wicked one;
(Judg 16:4,5) And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
1. “loved” = The first mention of Samson “loving” anyone in the Bible. His wife (lust) and the harlot (sin) preceded this “love” of Delilah (death). Samson “loved” his sin. ref: James 1:12-16 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation….”
2. (Exo 20:3) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
3. (Mat 22:37,38) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
4. (1 John 2:15) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
5. Sorek = Heb: a vine /// in the sense of redness; a vine stock (prop. one yielding purple grapes, the richest variety): choice (-st, noble) wine. [The best fruit of the unsaved uncircumcised Philistines]
6. Delilah = Heb: languishing /// to slacken or be [make] feeble; fig. to be oppressed [to oppress]: bring low [brought low], dry up [dried up], be emptied, be not equal, fail, be impoverished, be made thin. [This is what dying looks like - aging]
7. (Psa 41:1-3) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. (Psa 41:3) The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed [couch (prop. with a canopy)] of languishing [sickness; fig. loathing: sorrowful]: thou wilt make [to turn about or over; change, overturn] all his bed [a bed (fig. a bier); abstr. sleep; by euphem. carnal intercourse] in his sickness.
8. bier = Dict: a frame or stand on which a corpse, or the coffin containing it, is laid before burial.
9. (Isa 24:4) The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth [to droop; to be sick, to mourn: be weak, wax feeble] and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish [15x].
10. (Joel 1:12) The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy [cheerfulness; spec. welcome: gladness, joy, mirth, rejoicing] is withered away from the sons of men.
THE FINAL PROGRESSION: IN BED WITH DEATH
(Judg 16:5) And the lords of the Philistines [rolling, migratory /// to roll in dust, wallow self] came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him [delude: allure, deceive, flatter, persuade], 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.
1. (Gen 3:1) Now the serpent was more subtle [cunning: crafty] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2. (1 Tim 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after [to stretch oneself, reach out after (long for)], they have erred [been led astray: seduced] from the faith, and pierced themselves through [thorny ground: the “cares and riches and pleasures of this life”] with many sorrows.
(Judg 16:6-9) And Delilah [languishing; the daughter of Satan; takes, sucks the life out (darkness)] said to Samson [sunlight; the son of God; gives life (light)], Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs [small ropes] that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man [Which?]. Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. Now there were men lying in wait [to lurk: (lie in) ambush], abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow [the refuse of flax] is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.
(Judg 16:10-12) And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.
(Judg 16:13,14) And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web [the warp in a loom (as stretched out to receive the woof)]. And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
(Judg 16:15-17) 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. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily [compress, oppress, distress: lie sore] with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death [cut down, much discouraged, grieve, lothe, mourn, trouble]; 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.
1. (Prov 21:19) It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious [a contest or quarrel: brawling, discord, strife] and an angry woman.
2. (Prov 27:15) A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
(Judg 16:18-20) 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 showed me all his heart [she fully believed him now]. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees [i.e. she controlled him]; 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 [clearly and openly manifesting that she had truly hated him all this time, but had hidden her secret hate and acted (hypocrisy) the part of his lover], and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist [knew] not that the LORD was departed from him.
1. (James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God [to subordinate; to obey: be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto]. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you [to stand against, oppose].
2. (John 17:14) I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
SAMSON ARRIVES AT THE BOTTOM OF HIS BARREL
(Judg 16:21) But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes [“the lust of the eyes” 1 John 2:16], and brought him down to Gaza [strong; one of the five principal cities of the Philistines], and bound him with fetters of brass [judgment]; and he did grind in the prison house.
(Judg 16:22,23) Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
1. This is what the Jews said about Jesus.