Judges 16

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1 και-C πορευομαι-VCI-API3S *σαμψων-N---NSM εις-P *γαζα-N1A-ASF και-C οραω-VBI-AAI3S εκει-D γυνη-N3K-ASF πορνη-N1--ASF και-C ειςερχομαι-VBI-AAI3S προς-P αυτος- D--ASF

2 και-C ανααγγελλω-VDI-API3S ο- A--DPM *γαζαιος-N2--DPM λεγω-V1--PAPNPM ηκω-V1--PAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM ωδε-D και-C κυκλοω-VAI-AAI3P και-C ενεδρευω-VAI-AAI3P επι-P αυτος- D--ASM ολος-A1--ASF ο- A--ASF νυξ-N3--ASF εν-P ο- A--DSF πυλη-N1--DSF ο- A--GSF πολις-N3I-GSF και-C κωφευω-VAI-AAI3P ολος-A1--ASF ο- A--ASF νυξ-N3--ASF λεγω-V1--PAPNPM εως-D διαφαυσκω-VA--AAS3S ο- A--NSM ορθρος-N2--NSM και-C φονευω-VA--AAS1P αυτος- D--ASM

3 και-C κοιμαω-VCI-API3S *σαμψων-N---NSM εως-P μεσονυκτιον-N2N-GSN και-C αναιστημι-VHI-AAI3S εν-P ημισυς-A3U-DSM ο- A--GSF νυξ-N3--GSF και-C επιλαμβανω-VBI-AMI3S ο- A--GPF θυρα-N1A-GPF ο- A--GSF πυλη-N1--GSF ο- A--GSF πολις-N3I-GSF συν-P ο- A--DPM δυο-M---DPM σταθμος-N2--DPM και-C αναβασταζω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--APF συν-P ο- A--DSM μοχλος-N2--DSM και-C τιθημι-VAI-AAI3S επι-P ωμος-N2--GPM αυτος- D--GSM και-C αναβαινω-VZI-AAI3S επι-P ο- A--ASF κορυφη-N1--ASF ο- A--GSN ορος-N3E-GSN ο- A--GSN επι-P προσωπον-N2N-GSN *χεβρων-N---GSF και-C τιθημι-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--APN εκει-D

4 και-C γιγνομαι-VBI-AMI3S μετα-P ουτος- D--ASN και-C αγαπαω-VAI-AAI3S γυνη-N3K-ASF εν-P *αλσωρηχ-N---DS και-C ονομα-N3M-NSN αυτος- D--DSF *δαλιδα-N---NSF

5 και-C αναβαινω-VZI-AAI3P προς-P αυτος- D--ASF ο- A--NPM αρχων-N3--NPM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM και-C ειπον-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--DSF απαταω-VA--AAD2S αυτος- D--ASM και-C οραω-VB--AAD2S εν-P τις- I--DSN ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF αυτος- D--GSM ο- A--NSF μεγας-A1--NSF και-C εν-P τις- I--DSN δυναμαι-VF--FMI1P αυτος- D--DSM και-C δεω-VF--FAI1P αυτος- D--ASM ο- A--GSN ταπεινοω-VA--AAN αυτος- D--ASM και-C εγω- P--NP διδωμι-VF--FAI1P συ- P--DS ανηρ-N3--NSM χιλιοι-A1A-APM και-C εκατον-M αργυριον-N2N-GSN

6 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF προς-P *σαμψων-N---ASM αποαγγελλω-VA--AAD2S δη-X εγω- P--DS εν-P τις- I--DSN ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF συ- P--GS ο- A--NSF μεγας-A1--NSF και-C εν-P τις- I--DSN δεω-VC--FPI2S ο- A--GSN ταπεινοω-VC--APN συ- P--AS

7 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S προς-P αυτος- D--ASF *σαμψων-N---NSM εαν-C δεω-VA--AAS3P εγω- P--AS εν-P επτα-M νευρα-N1A-DPF υγρος-A1A-DPF μη-D διαφθειρω-VM--XMPDPF και-C ασθενεω-VA--AAS1S και-C ειμι-VF--FMI1S ως-C εις-A3--NSM ο- A--GPM ανθρωπος-N2--GPM

8 και-C αναφερω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--DSF ο- A--NPM αρχων-N3--NPM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM επτα-M νευρα-N1A-APF υγρος-A1A-APF μη-D διαφθειρω-VM--XMPAPF και-C δεω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--ASM εν-P αυτος- D--DPF

9 και-C ο- A--ASN ενεδρον-N2N-ASN αυτος- D--DSF καταημαι-V5I-IMI3S εν-P ο- A--DSN ταμιειον-N2N-DSN και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S αυτος- D--DSM αλλοφυλος-A1B-NPM επι-P συ- P--AS *σαμψων-N---VSM και-C διασπαω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--APF νευρα-N1A-APF ως-C ει-X τις- I--NSM αποσπαω-VB--AAO3S στρεμμα-N3M-NSN στιππυον-N2N-GSN εν-P ο- A--DSN οσφραινομαι-VC--APN αυτος- D--ASN πυρ-N3--GSM και-C ου-D γιγνωσκω-VSI-API3S ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF αυτος- D--GSM

10 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF προς-P *σαμψων-N---ASM ιδου-I πλαναω-VAI-AAI2S εγω- P--AS και-C λαλεω-VAI-AAI2S προς-P εγω- P--AS ψευδης-A3H-APN νυν-D ουν-X ανααγγελλω-VA--AAD2S εγω- P--DS εν-P τις- I--DSN δεω-VC--FPI2S

11 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S προς-P αυτος- D--ASF εαν-C δεσμευω-V1--PAPNPM δεω-VA--AAS3P εγω- P--AS εν-P καλωδιον-N2N-DPN καινος-A1--DPN ος- --DPN ου-D γιγνομαι-VBI-AMI3S εν-P αυτος- D--DPN εργον-N2N-ASN και-C ασθενεω-VA--AAS1S και-C ειμι-VF--FMI1S ως-C εις-A3--NSM ο- A--GPM ανθρωπος-N2--GPM

12 και-C λαμβανω-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF καλωδιον-N2N-APN καινος-A1--APN και-C δεω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--ASM εν-P αυτος- D--DPM και-C ο- A--APN ενεδρον-N2N-APN εκερχομαι-VBI-AAI3S εκ-P ο- A--GSN ταμιειον-N2N-GSN και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S αλλοφυλος-A1B-NPM επι-P συ- P--AS *σαμψων-N---VSM και-C διασπαω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--APN απο-P βραχιων-N3N-GPM αυτος- D--GSM ως-C σπαρτιον-N2N-ASN

13 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF προς-P *σαμψων-N---ASM ιδου-I πλαναω-VAI-AAI2S εγω- P--AS και-C λαλεω-VAI-AAI2S προς-P εγω- P--AS ψευδης-A3H-APN αποαγγελλω-VA--AAD2S δη-X εγω- P--DS εν-P τις- I--DSN δεω-VC--FPI2S και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S προς-P αυτος- D--ASF εαν-C υφαινω-VA--AAS2S ο- A--APF επτα-M σειρα-N1A-APF ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF εγω- P--GS συν-P ο- A--DSN διασμα-N3M-DSN και-C ενκρουω-VA--AAS2S ο- A--DSM πασσαλος-N2--DSM εις-P ο- A--ASM τοιχος-N2--ASM και-C ειμι-VF--FMI1S ως-C εις-A3--NSM ο- A--GPM ανθρωπος-N2--GPM ασθενης-A3H-NSM

14 και-C γιγνομαι-VBI-AMI3S εν-P ο- A--DSN κοιμαω-V3--PMN αυτος- D--ASM και-C λαμβανω-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF ο- A--APF επτα-M σειρα-N1A-APF ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF αυτος- D--GSM και-C υφαινω-VAI-AAI3S εν-P ο- A--DSN διασμα-N3M-DSN και-C πηγνυμι-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--DSM πασσαλος-N2--DSM εις-P ο- A--ASM τοιχος-N2--ASM και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S αλλοφυλος-A1B-NPM επι-P συ- P--AS *σαμψων-N---VSM και-C εκυπνιζω-VC--API3S εκ-P ο- A--GSM υπνος-N2--GSM αυτος- D--GSM και-C εκαιρω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--ASM πασσαλος-N2--ASM ο- A--GSN υφασμα-N3M-GSN εκ-P ο- A--GSM τοιχος-N2--GSM

15 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF προς-P *σαμψων-N---ASM πως-D λεγω-V1--PAI2S αγαπαω-VXI-XAI1S συ- P--AS και-C ου-D ειμι-V9--PAI3S ο- A--NSF καρδια-N1A-NSF συ- P--GS μετα-P εγω- P--GS ουτος- D--ASN τριτος-A1--ASM πλαναω-VAI-AAI2S εγω- P--AS και-C ου-D αποαγγελλω-VAI-AAI2S εγω- P--DS εν-P τις- I--DSN ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF συ- P--GS ο- A--NSF μεγας-A1--NSF

16 και-C γιγνομαι-VBI-AMI3S οτε-D εκθλιβω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--ASM εν-P λογος-N2--DPM αυτος- D--GSF πας-A1S-APF ο- A--APF ημερα-N1A-APF και-C στενοχωρεω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--ASM και-C ολιγοψυχω-VAI-AAI3S εως-P ο- A--GSN αποθνησκω-VB--AAN

17 και-C ανααγγελλω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--DSF ο- A--ASF πας-A1S-ASF καρδια-N1A-ASF αυτος- D--GSM και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S αυτος- D--DSF σιδηρος-N2--NSM ου-D αναβαινω-VZI-AAI3S επι-P ο- A--ASF κεφαλη-N1--ASF εγω- P--GS οτι-C αγιος-A1A-NSM θεος-N2--GSM εγω- P--NS ειμι-V9--PAI1S απο-P κοιλια-N1A-GSF μητηρ-N3--GSF εγω- P--GS εαν-C ουν-X ξυραω-VA--AMS1S αποιστημι-VF--FMI3S απο-P εγω- P--GS ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF εγω- P--GS και-C ασθενεω-VA--AAS1S και-C ειμι-VF--FMI1S ως-C πας-A3--NPM ο- A--NPM ανθρωπος-N2--NPM

18 και-C οραω-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF οτι-C αποαγγελλω-VAI-AAI3S αυτος- D--DSF πας-A1S-ASF ο- A--ASF καρδια-N1A-ASF αυτος- D--GSM και-C αποστελλω-VAI-AAI3S και-C καλεω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--APM αρχων-N3--APM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM λεγω-V1--PAPNSF αναβαινω-VZ--AAD2P ετι-D ο- A--ASN απαξ-D ουτος- D--ASN οτι-C αποαγγελλω-VAI-AAI3S εγω- P--DS ο- A--ASF πας-A1S-ASF καρδια-N1A-ASF αυτος- D--GSM και-C αναβαινω-VZI-AAI3P προς-P αυτος- D--ASF ο- A--NPM αρχων-N3--NPM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM και-C αναφερω-VAI-AAI3P ο- A--ASN αργυριον-N2N-ASN εν-P χειρ-N3--DPF αυτος- D--GPM

19 και-C κοιμιζω-VAI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF ο- A--ASM *σαμψων-N---ASM επι-P ο- A--APN γονυ-N3--APN αυτος- D--GSF και-C καλεω-VAI-AAI3S ανηρ-N3--ASM και-C ξυραω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--APF επτα-M σειρα-N1A-APF ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF αυτος- D--GSM και-C αρχω-VAI-AMI3S ταπεινοω-VA--AAN αυτος- D--ASM και-C αποιστημι-VHI-AAI3S ο- A--NSF ισχυς-N3--NSF αυτος- D--GSM απο-P αυτος- D--GSM

20 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *δαλιδα-N---NSF αλλοφυλος-A1B-NPM επι-P συ- P--AS *σαμψων-N---VSM και-C εκυπνιζω-VC--API3S εκ-P ο- A--GSM υπνος-N2--GSM αυτος- D--GSM και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S εκερχομαι-VF--FMI1S ως-C απαξ-D και-C απαξ-D και-C εκτινασσω-VC--FPI1S και-C αυτος- D--NSM ου-D γιγνωσκω-VZI-AAI3S οτι-C αποιστημι-VHI-AAI3S ο- A--NSM κυριος-N2--NSM απανωθεν-D αυτος- D--GSM

21 και-C κρατεω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM ο- A--NPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-NPM και-C εκκοπτω-VAI-AAI3P ο- A--APM οφθαλμος-N2--APM αυτος- D--GSM και-C καταφερω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM εις-P *γαζα-N1A-ASF και-C επιδεω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM εν-P πεδη-N1--DPF χαλκειος-A1A-DPF και-C ειμι-V9--IAI3S αληθω-V1--PAPNSM εν-P οικος-N2--DSM ο- A--GSN δεσμωτηριον-N2N-GSN

22 και-C αρχω-VAI-AMI3S θριξ-N3X-NSF ο- A--GSF κεφαλη-N1--GSF αυτος- D--GSM βλαστανω-V1--PAN καθως-D ξυραω-VAI-AMI3S

23 και-C ο- A--NPM αρχων-N3--NPM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM συναγω-VQI-API3P θυω-VA--AAN θυσιασμα-N3M-ASN μεγας-A1P-ASN ο- A--DSM *δαγων-N---DSM θεος-N2--DSM αυτος- D--GPM και-C ευφραινω-VC--APN και-C ειπον-VAI-AAI3P διδωμι-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--NSM θεος-N2--NSM εν-P χειρ-N3--DSF εγω- P--GP ο- A--ASM *σαμψων-N---ASM ο- A--ASM εχθρος-N2--ASM εγω- P--GP

24 και-C οραω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM ο- A--NSM λαος-N2--NSM και-C υμνεω-VA--AAPASN ο- A--ASM θεος-N2--ASM αυτος- D--GPM οτι-C παραδιδωμι-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--NSM θεος-N2--NSM εγω- P--GP ο- A--ASM εχθρος-N2--ASM εγω- P--GP εν-P χειρ-N3--DSF εγω- P--GP ο- A--ASM ερημοω-V4--PAPASM ο- A--ASF γη-N1--ASF εγω- P--GP και-C ος- --NSM πληθυνω-V1I-IAI3S ο- A--APM τραυματιας-N1T-APM εγω- P--GP

25 και-C οτε-D αγαθυνω-VCI-API3S ο- A--NSF καρδια-N1A-NSF αυτος- D--GPM και-C ειπον-VAI-AAI3P καλεω-VA--AAD2P ο- A--ASM *σαμψων-N---ASM εκ-P οικος-N2--GSM φυλακη-N1--GSF και-C παιζω-VA--AAD3S ενωπιον-P εγω- P--GP και-C καλεω-VAI-AAI3P ο- A--ASM *σαμψων-N---ASM απο-P οικος-N2--GSM δεσμωτηριον-N2N-GSN και-C παιζω-V1I-IAI3S ενωπιον-P αυτος- D--GPM και-C ραπιζω-V1I-IAI3P αυτος- D--ASM και-C ιστημι-VHI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM ανα-P μεσος-A1--ASM ο- A--GPM κιων-N3N-GPM

26 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM προς-P ο- A--ASM νεανιας-N1T-ASM ο- A--ASM κρατεω-V2--PAPASM ο- A--ASF χειρ-N3--ASF αυτος- D--GSM αποιημι-VB--AAD2S εγω- P--AS και-C ψηλαφαω-VA--AAS1S ο- A--APM κιων-N3N-APM επι-P ος- --DPM ο- A--NSM οικος-N2--NSM στηκω-V1--PAI3S επι-P αυτος- D--APM και-C επιστηριζω-VC--FPI1S επι-P αυτος- D--APM

27 και-C ο- A--NSM οικος-N2--NSM πληρης-A3H-NSM ο- A--GPM ανηρ-N3--GPM και-C ο- A--GPF γυνη-N3K-GPF και-C εκει-D πας-A3--NPM ο- A--NPM αρχων-N3--NPM ο- A--GPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM και-C επι-P ο- A--ASN δωμα-N3M-ASN ως-C επτακοσιοι-A1--NPM ανηρ-N3--NPM και-C γυνη-N3K-NPF ο- A--NPM θεωρεω-V2--PAPNPM εν-P παιγνια-N1A-DPF *σαμψων-N---DSM

28 και-C κλαιω-VAI-AAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM προς-P κυριος-N2--ASM και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *αδωναιε-N---VSM κυριος-N2--VSM μιμνησκω-VS--APD2S δη-X εγω- P--GS νυν-D και-C ενισχυω-VA--AAD2S εγω- P--AS ετι-D ο- A--ASN απαξ-D ουτος- D--ASN θεος-N2--VSM και-C αντι αποδιδωμι-VF--FAI1S ανταποδοσις-N3I-ASF εις-A1A-ASF περι-P ο- A--GPM δυο-M οφθαλμος-N2--GPM εγω- P--GS ο- A--DPM αλλοφυλος-A1B-DPM

29 και-C περιλαμβανω-VBI-AAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM ο- A--APM δυο-M κιων-N3N-APM ο- A--GSM οικος-N2--GSM επι-P ος- --APM ο- A--NSM οικος-N2--NSM ιστημι-VXI-YAI3S και-C επιστηριζω-VCI-API3S επι-P αυτος- D--APM και-C κρατεω-VAI-AAI3S εις-A3--ASM ο- A--DSF δεξιος-A1A-DSF αυτος- D--GSM και-C εις-A3--ASM ο- A--DSF αριστερος-A1A-DSF αυτος- D--GSM

30 και-C ειπον-VBI-AAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM αποθνησκω-VB--AAD3S ψυχη-N1--NSF εγω- P--GS μετα-P αλλοφυλος-A1B-GPM και-C βασταζω-VAI-AAI3S εν-P ισχυς-N3U-DSF και-C πιπτω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--NSM οικος-N2--NSM επι-P ο- A--APM αρχων-N3--APM και-C επι-P πας-A3--ASM ο- A--ASM λαος-N2--ASM ο- A--ASM εν-P αυτος- D--DSM και-C ειμι-V9--IAI3P ο- A--NPM θνησκω-VX--XAPNPM ος- --APM θανατοω-VAI-AAI3S *σαμψων-N---NSM εν-P ο- A--DSM θανατος-N2--DSM αυτος- D--GSM πολυς-A3--NPMC η-C ος- --APM θανατοω-VAI-AAI3S εν-P ο- A--DSF ζωη-N1--DSF αυτος- D--GSM

31 και-C καταβαινω-VZI-AAI3P ο- A--NPM αδελφος-N2--NPM αυτος- D--GSM και-C ο- A--NSM οικος-N2--NSM ο- A--GSM πατηρ-N3--GSM αυτος- D--GSM και-C λαμβανω-VBI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM και-C αναβαινω-VZI-AAI3P και-C θαπτω-VAI-AAI3P αυτος- D--ASM ανα-P μεσος-A1--ASM *σαραα-N---GS και-C ανα-P μεσος-A1--ASM *εσθαολ-N---GS εν-P ο- A--DSM ταφος-N2--DSM *μανωε-N---GSM ο- A--GSM πατηρ-N3--GSM αυτος- D--GSM και-C αυτος- D--NSM κρινω-VAI-AAI3S ο- A--ASM *ισραηλ-N---GSM εικοσι-M ετος-N3E-APN

  

Exploring the Meaning of Judges 16      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 16: Samson and Delilah; Samson dies with the Philistines.

In this final chapter about Samson, he becomes involved with two women, and both episodes lead him to fight for his life.

The first woman was a prostitute from Gaza, a Philistine town. When the men of Gaza heard that Samson was visiting this woman, they lay in wait for him all night, so that they could kill him in the morning. Samson foiled their plot by sneaking out at midnight. As he was leaving, he took the gates of the city and its two posts, put them upon his shoulders, and took them to the top of a hill facing Hebron, a town in Israel.

Some time later, Samson began to love an Israelite woman called Delilah, whose name means “lustful pining”. The lords of the Philistines bribed her to find out the source of Samson’s strength, so that they could take him prisoner. After deceiving her three times and evading her almost-daily questions, Samson finally admitted that his strength lay in his hair; if it were cut, he would be like any other man.

Delilah told this to the the lords of the Philistines, and they paid her the bribe. She lulled Samson to sleep, and had a man shave off all of Samson’s hair. She called out as she had the first three times: “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” He awoke, but he was as weak as a normal man. The Philistines took him captive, gouged out his eyes, and forced him to work as a mill grinder in prison. However, while he was in prison, his hair began to grow back.

When the Philistines gathered to make a great sacrifice in the temple of their god, Dagon, to celebrate the capture of Samson, 3000 Philistine men and women were there, plus all of their kings. Samson was brought in as a spectacle to be mocked. He could feel his strength returning, and asked the boy leading him to let him lean against the two central columns of the temple. Samson prayed to the Lord, and pushed the columns until the temple collapsed, killing everyone there. That day, Samson brought about the death of more Philistines than he had in his life. His family took his body, and buried him between Zorah (“stricken”) and Eshtaol (“supplication”) in his father’s tomb.

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This chapter demonstrates the temptations and potential pitfalls of faith-alone spirituality, specifically through the women that Samson was involved with. Both of these episodes - the first with the prostitute from Gaza, and the second with Delilah - highlight Samson’s brazen passions and his apparent faults and weaknesses. Samson represents our determination to overcome the draw of faith alone, which the hells employ in order to ensnare us, and then rule us. The Lord’s teachings through the Word often precipitate a struggle within us between our lusts from the hells and our spiritual intentions (see Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Revealed 678[2] and Apocalypse Revealed 798[2]).

Seizing the gates and gateposts stands for changing the focus of our spiritual view. Gates represent the entry and exit points to our hearts and minds, through which we receive the Lord and the Word, but also the influences of hell (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 119). The top of the hill stands for a mind raised up toward God, and ‘facing Hebron’ is representative of a new focus on the unity between us and the Word, for Hebron means ‘joined, brotherhood, unity’.

After three failed attempts, Delilah discovered that Samson’s strength lay in his hair, which had never been cut. Hair stands for the power and beauty of the Word in its literal sense, and our faithfulness in abiding by its truths (see Swedenborg’s works, Arcana Caelestia 9836[2] and Doctrine of the Lord 15[8]).

Samson’s imprisonment and abuse by the Philistines symbolize a period of spiritual turmoil, during which we are misled by the hells. Blindness corresponds to our inability to see or recognize truths; ‘grinding grain at the mill’ is like molding truths from the Word to support our own purposes - in this case, faith alone spirituality (Arcana Caelestia 10303[5] and Arcana Caelestia 10303[6]). Yet all the while, our ability to follow the Lord will gradually restrengthen, represented by Samson’s hair growing back.

In the last moments of his life, Samson brought down the temple of Dagon, killing three thousand of the Philistines at once. The two supporting columns of the Philistine temple stand for what is evil and what is false; when evil and falsity are toppled, the whole system of belief collapses. In sacrificing his life, Samson demonstrated the highest of all divine and heavenly loves (see Arcana Caelestia 2077[2]).

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