Delilah wouldn’t give up but continued her nagging, gradually wearing Samson down. Finally, he lost his resolve and the truth came out. Samson confided that, as a Nazarite, a razor had never touched his head but if he were ever to cut his hair, he would lose his entire strength.
And so it was that as Samson slept Delilah cut his hair. When Samson awoke, he found himself powerless to stand against his enemies when they came for him. He was captured, his eyes gouged out and he was forced into prison labor, turning a millstone to grind grain. The Philistines were jubilant that finally Samson was captured.
Some time passed and the Philistines were holding a vast banquet in honor of one of their deities, Dagon. As part of the entertainment, it was decided to bring the bound Samson to the temple where the feast was being held. They took enormous pleasure at the pitiful sight of their former enemy.
The blinded Samson, whose hair had grown long once again, asked to be tied between the two supporting pillars of the temple. He prayed to God to give him strength one final time. God granted his request and Samson strained at the pillars with all his might until they fell and the entire temple was brought crashing down. Three thousand guests at the feast perished along with Samson in a dramatic end to the dramatic life of this biblical hero.
It certainly appears that Samson indulged in many gruesome deeds although he did live during a violent period in earth’s history. He also clearly failed to live up to the high standards his parents had so stringently applied to his upbringing as a Nazarite. Despite Samson’s wayward life, God never gave up on him and brought him at last to victory.
Find out more about Samson by reading Judges 13-16 in the Bible.