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

  • Lindy
    Samson in the NT is one listed in the heroes of the faith. It demonstrates that God uses people who have flaws to further the kingdom of God. His story is so remarkable! It shows that God uses us in ways we cannot comprehend! Never give up on God or yourself.
  • Anne
    God raised up Samuel to be a deliver of the Israelites from the Philistines but Samson allowed himself to be blinded by ungodly pleasures. However, Samson would not allow any false god to be given credit for this situation, so he called upon the Lord God to strengthen him and show forth his almighty power and he destroyed over three thousand Philistines, even in his death. To God be the Glory.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    God is a God of mercy and compassion. Samson erred and later regretted and God restored his strength. We should trust God's mercy and compassion because He is a loving God. However, we should not take His love for granted. We should strive to be at the centre of His will always.
  • Irene123
    Lu2677 - I like your comment Samson
  • Lu2677
    I don't believe Sampson committed suicide.He prayed to God for strength to avenge the loss of his eyes against the Phillistines.V.28.He was tied to two pillars, God gave him the strength . He did not say "let me die with the Phillistines" because he had a deranged mind or lack of hope.It was an act of war against them.He avenged himself the only way he could. Suicide is a lack of trust in God.
  • Judy
    I think Samson was suicidal. Living on the edge kind of lifestyle. Doesn't show a lot stability. Yet in the end God through Samson killed a great number of Philistines. Go figure.

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