Judges 16:28

“And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Samson called vnto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, & strengthen mee, I pray thee, onely this once, O God, that I may be at once auenged of the Philistines, for my two eyes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Samson called unto Jehovah, and said, O Lord Jehovah, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Samson, crying out to the Lord, said, O Lord God, do have me now in mind, and do make me strong only this once, O God, so that I may take one last payment from the Philistines for my two eyes.
- Basic English Bible

And Samson called to Jehovah, and said, Lord Jehovah, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may take one vengeance upon the Philistines for my two eyes.
- Darby Bible

And Samson called to the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
- Webster's Bible

Samson called to Yahweh, and said, "Lord Yahweh, remember me, please, and strengthen me, please, only this once, God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
- World English Bible

And Samson calleth unto Jehovah, and saith, `Lord Jehovah, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this time, O God; and I am avenged -- vengeance at once -- because of my two eyes, on the Philistines.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Samson called unto the LORD, and said: 'O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this once, O God, that I may be this once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 16:28


16:28 Samson called - This prayer was not an act of malice and revenge, but of faith and zeal for God, who was there publickly dishonoured; and justice, in vindicating the whole common - wealth of Israel, which was his duty, as he was judge. And God, who heareth not sinners, and would never use his omnipotence to gratify any man's malice, did manifest by the effect, that he accepted and owned his prayer as the dictate of his own Spirit. And that in this prayer he mentions only his personal injury, and not their indignities to God and his people, must be ascribed to that prudent care which he had, upon former occasions, of deriving the rage of the Philistines upon himself alone, and diverting it from the people. For which end I conceive this prayer was made with an audible voice, though he knew they would entertain it only with scorn and laughter.


Discussion for Judges 16

  • Lu2677
    I would not consider a harlot trustworthy,it does not say that she was.We are not told who told the Gazites that he was there, after he left that city the lords of the Philistines chose Delilah to betray him
    A parable is a fictitious story. Judges 16 a true story. The parables that Jesus told to the public were fictitious with the intent that they would not understand the morality of the story.
  • John
    It's entertaining that the prostitute first mentioned seems to be the only trustworthy woman in this story. At least he got what he paid for and she didn't betray him to the enemy.

    It is also a fine parable to teach one to keep his advantages secret. Only he and God knew what would make him weak. Funny that it was nagging that made him reveal it, and they weren't even married.
  • BSP
    In verse 16 Samson let her wear him down. We must continue to stand strong even if we face daily pressure in order to be pleasing to God.
  • 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.

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