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

  • 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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