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Samson and Delilah

Delilah cuts Samson's hair.Delilah cuts Samson's hair.For many years, the Israelites fought against the Philistines, a Canaanite tribe. God decided to bless a childless Israelite couple with a son who would one day stand up to the Philistines. Samson grew up to be incredibly strong. His strength was in his hair, which had never been cut. But he fell in love with a Philistine woman called Delilah, who tricked him into telling her the secret of his strength. She cut off his hair and handed him over to the Philistines. Samson’s strength was gone. The Philistines blinded him and imprisoned him in Gaza. While he was in prison, Samson’s hair began to grow back. He prayed to God to give him strength.

Samson pushes against the pillars of the temple.Samson pushes against the pillars of the temple.

Samson destroys the temple

The Philistines held a celebration in praise of their god, Dagon, to thank him for helping them defeat Samson. They took Samson from prison so they could mock him. Samson asked the boy who was leading him to lean him against the pillars of the temple so he could rest. He cried out to God asking for his help. Then he pushed against the two main pillars of the building. His strength had returned and the temple collapsed. But Samson was crushed to death, along with all the Philistine people who were gathered there.

Samson was a Judge, the name for the wise officials who ruled the Israelites after the death of Joshua.

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