The Life of Samson
Samson was one of the most important figures in the Bible. He was a man of great strength and courage. Samson also had a special relationship with God, and he was called to perform many miraculous tasks.
Samson’s story is told in the Bible, in the book of Judges. Samson was born into a family of Israelites who were members of the tribe of Dan. When Samson was born, an angel appeared to his father and prophesied that Samson would be a Nazirite, which meant that he would be consecrated to God.
As a young man, Samson performed many feats of strength, including killing a lion with his bare hands and slaying an entire army with just a donkey’s jawbone.
Samson’s greatest feat of strength came when he destroyed the Philistine temple, killing thousands of people in the process. This act earned him the hatred of the Philistines, who captured and blinded him.
However, even in captivity, Samson retained his strength. He prayed to God for help, and God restored his strength. Samson then used his newfound strength to kill himself and his captors.
Samson in the Bible:
“But the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn a young goat.” (Judges 14:6)
“And Samson said, ‘With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.'” (Judges 15:16)
“Then Samson reached out his right hand and took hold of the two middle pillars on which the temple stood. And he prayed, ‘Lord, remember me. Please give me strength just once more. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for my two eyes.'” (Judges 16:28-30)
“Afterward, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah.” (Judges 16:4)
“And Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than he had during his life.” (Judges 16:30)