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Judges 16:18: Delilah's Well-Compensated Betrayal

Verse 18:[1] 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.



And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart: It was not hard for her to discover that he had told her all his heart by the change of his countenance, and the matter of his discourse, and the whole carriage of the business.

[1] Hebrew: וַתֵּ֣רֶא דְלִילָ֗ה כִּֽי־הִגִּ֣יד לָהּ֮ אֶת־כָּל־לִבּוֹ֒ וַתִּשְׁלַ֡ח וַתִּקְרָא֩ לְסַרְנֵ֙י פְלִשְׁתִּ֤ים לֵאמֹר֙ עֲל֣וּ הַפַּ֔עַם כִּֽי־הִגִּ֥יד לָ֖הּ אֶת־כָּל־לִבּ֑וֹ וְעָל֤וּ אֵלֶ֙יהָ֙ סַרְנֵ֣י פְלִשְׁתִּ֔ים וַיַּעֲל֥וּ הַכֶּ֖סֶף בְּיָדָֽם׃

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Hello everyone: I spoke with Dr. Dilday on how to generate more conversation for this group, and had the idea of selecting a Hebrew word for the day from the text. So without further ado... The word which sticks out to me in Judges 16:18 is "sent" ("she sent"). The word is שָׁלַח and means "to call for", as in to inform by a message. It appears the Philistines were ready to pounce and waiting for Delilah's call to do so. What are your thoughts on this word?

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
09 de fev. de 2019

Matthew Henry: 'We have here the fatal consequences of Samson's folly in betraying his own strength; he soon paid dearly for it. A whore is a deep ditch; he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein. In that pit Samson sinks. Observe...What care Delilah took to make sure of the money for herself. She now perceived, by the manner of his speaking, that he had told her all his heart, and the lords of the Philistines that hired her to do this base thing are sent for; but they must be sure to bring the money in their hands, Judges 16:18. The wages of unrighteousness are accordingly produced, unknown to Samson. It would have grieved one's heart t…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
09 de fev. de 2019

Hebrew: This verse is longer, but relatively straight-forward. There is an interesting Ketib-Qere in this verse, for those interested.

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