Women of the Word: Samson’s First Wife

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The story of Samson is told in the books of Judges. Most of us know about his infamous Philistine lover, Delilah; but before Delilah Samson had fallen in love with and married another Philistine woman. The Bible does not give her name, but some of the details of this failed relationship are given in Judges chapter 14.

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Women of the Word: Delilah

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Delilah is one of the better known women of the Bible because she plays a key part in the popular story of Samson. We read about her in Judges 16:4-9 and Judges 16:10-20. The Word tells us that Samson ‘loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah’; but it never tells us that Delilah loved Samson back. Something bad is always bound to come of a relationship where one person truly loves the other person who is only pretending to love them in return.

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