Judges 16:30

“And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines: & he bowed himselfe with all his might: and the house fel vpon the lords, and vpon all the people that were therein: so the dead which he slew at his death, were moe, then they which he slew in his life.”

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And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with [all his] might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that [were] therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than [they] which he slew in his life.
- King James Version

And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines! And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than they that he slew in his life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Samson said, Let death overtake me with the Philistines. And he put out all his strength, and the house came down on the chiefs and on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he sent to destruction by his death were more than all those on whom he had sent destruction in his life.
- Basic English Bible

And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines! And he bowed himself with might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than those whom he had slain in his life.
- Darby Bible

And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
- Webster's Bible

Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" He bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people who were therein. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than those who he killed in his life.
- World English Bible

and Samson saith, `Let me die with the Philistines,' and he inclineth himself powerfully, and the house falleth on the princes, and on all the people who [are] in it, and the dead whom he hath put to death in his death are more than those whom he put to death in his life.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Samson said: 'Let me die with the Philistines.' And he bent with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than they that he slew in his life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 16:30


16:30 Two pillars - Instances are not wanting of more capacious buildings than this, that have been supported only by one pillar. Pliny in the 15th chapter of the 36th Book of his Natural History, mentions two theatres built by C. Curio, in Julius Caesar's time; each of which was supported only by one pillar, tho' many thousands of people sat in it together. Let me die - That is, I am content to die, so I can but contribute to the vindication of God's glory, and the deliverance of God's people. This is no encouragement to those who wickedly murder themselves: for Samson did not desire, or procure his own death voluntarily, but by mere necessity; he was by his office obliged to seek the destruction of these enemies and blasphemers of God, and oppressors of his people; which in these circumstances he could not effect without his own death. Moreover, Samson did this by Divine direction, as God's answer to his prayer manifests, and that he might be a type of Christ, who by voluntarily undergoing death, destroyed the enemies of God, and of his people. They died, just when they were insulting over an Israelite, persecuting him whom God had smitten. Nothing fills up the measure of the iniquity of any person or people faster, than mocking or misusing the servants of God, yea, tho' it is by their own folly, that they are brought low. Those know not what they do, nor whom they affront, that make sport with a good man.


Discussion for Judges 16

  • Deborah
    My family too has past on. I only find strength in the Lord..For the sorrow was so deep, nothing but the comfort of His Spirit could heal my broken heart. In Our weakness, He is strong..Yes, my friend, through every storm, the light shines, and renewal becomes a everyday occurrence. It takes time to process loss of loved ones, how magnificent, that the love they gave to us remains in our hearts.
  • i think that it is a cool scene in the bible
  • Stephen Woehr
    According to verse 5, the Philistines did not know the source of Samson's strength, but they definitely knew his weakness.
  • Rocky
    The whole theme of the book about Samson is Gods power and planning to overcome and to get back all things on the right trail.
  • Karen
    I think Samson was a man of God who instead of listening to God, listened to a deceitful woman always insisted on doing things his own way which lead to his destruction. He was boastful about having strength, never gave God the glory for giving him that strength. He didn 't have that strength without God 's Spirit filling him with it. Sometimes we too become proud boastful like Samson we have to suffer the consequences of our sins, but God never stops loving us, just like God never stopped loving Samson he never lost his salvation. God does not take that away. He promised eternal security we are saved by grace. Samson was chastised for his disobedience to God by losing his life with the philistines, yet he was saved through the fire. All that he accomplished accounted for nothing because of the choices he made, but in the end his life stood for something . When Samson turned to God prayed , God restored his strength one more time God still used him to deliver the Israelites at that time. God can always work in any situation, regardless of how futile it looks!
  • Bible Fan
    women will use their physical beauty like a weapon as much as men will use their physical strength - and both will puffeth proud once they have conquered their prey - King Solomon should have heeded the warning he was smart, right?

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