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In these passages is the account of Samson killing 3000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. He then judged Israel for 20 years. I surmise that Samson’s strength became a deterrent to the Philistine’s oppression of Israel for those 20 years.

After that incident is the account of Samson divulging the secret of his strength to Delilah and being taken captive by the Philistines. The Philistines gouged out Samson’s eyes and put him in prison. It is interesting that Samson told his secret to Delilah because of her persistence in pressing him for his secret. The Bible says, “She pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death.” So, Samson gave in and broke his vow as a Nazirite with God.

God departed from Samson, and Samson became weak. This event provides a message for believers today. Satan and his followers are also persistent in enticing us away from obedience to God. They tempt us to sin against God.

Therefore, we must daily put on the spiritual armor of God to effectively stand against this evil. We must never let down our guard because temptations can be very powerful. We will have no defense against temptations without the Bible’s guidance and help. Also, we must always pray to God for His help.

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