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

  • 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.
  • 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!

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