Shimshon and Delilah: Deception and Betrayal

Today we will look into the deception and betrayal of Shimshon by Delilah. Due to this we will need to start two chapters earlier in order to see the context of what has happened because we want to determine WHY Shimshon allowed himself to end up in such a situation as he did. This will therefore be a reasonably long study. Let us see what we can learn from his experience.

Jdg 14:1-20
(1) And Shimshon went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
(2) And he went up and informed his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. And now, take her for me for a wife.”
(3) But his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you should take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Shimshon said to his father, “Take her for me, for she is pleasing in my eyes.”

Why was Shimshon’s parents unhappy with him wanting a bride from the Philistines? Let us look at the following Scripture.

Deu 7:3-4
(3) “And do not intermarry with them – you do not give your daughter to his son, and you do not take his daughter for your son,
(4) for he turns your sons away from following Me, to serve other mighty ones. Then the displeasure of Yahuah shall burn against you and promptly destroy you.

Yahuah did not want Israel to intermarry because those who are not following Yahuah will lead you away from following Him and make you worship their gods. This will cause Yahuah’s displeasure to burn against you. Remember this as we continue.

(4) However, his father and mother did not know that it was of Yahuah, that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines were ruling over Yisra’el.

Yahuah was using Shimshon to come against the Philistines. Let us see how Yahuah used Shimshon.

(5) Then Shimshon went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah, and saw a young lion came roaring at him.
(6) And the Spirit of Yahuah came mightily upon him, and he tore it apart as the tearing apart of a young goat, with naught in his hand. But he did not make known to his father or his mother what he had done.
(7) And he went down and spoke to the woman, and she pleased Shimshon well.
(8) And when he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion, and saw a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.
(9) And he took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. And he came to his father and mother, and gave them, and they ate. But he did not make known to them that he took the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
(10) So his father went down to the woman. And Shimshon gave a feast there, for young men used to do so.

Shimshon and his parents went to take the woman Shimshon wanted as his bride. On the way their he killed a lion but never told anybody about it even although we will see that he used it for his riddle. We will have a deeper look at the riddle Shimshon gave.

(11) And it came to be, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
(12) And Shimshon said to them, “Please let me put forth a riddle to you. If you clearly solve and explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, then I shall give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of garments.
(13) “But if you are unable to explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen shirts and thirty changes of garments.” And they said to him, “Put forth your riddle and let us hear it.”

Shimshon wanted to give a riddle and the winner takes what was offered. They accepted this and wanted to hear the riddle. There were no complains beforehand. He would have given a garment per companion.

(14) And he said to them, “Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” And for three days they were unable to explain the riddle.
(15) And it came to be on the seventh day that they said to Shimshon’s wife, “Entice your husband to explain the riddle to us, or else we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us in order to take what is ours? Is it not?

Look carefully at the riddle which Shimshon gave them. He was referring to the lion he killed. We will look at it shortly, for now let us look at the timing given here. In verse 12 it refers to a seven day feast. Which feast is this? When skipping a few verses to Jdg 15:1 we see that it was the wheat harvest, which means that it was the feast of unleavened bread. Without going into too much detail about this feast a brief summary is needed for a better understanding of this. According to Lev 23 we see that on the 14th day of the 1st month it is Passover when Yeshua died for our sins. From the 15th day of that month it is the 7 day feast of unleavened bread. When Yeshua was in the grave it was the first 3 days of the feast of unleavened bread so it lines up with them mentioning that for 3 days they were unable to figure out the riddle which Shimshon gave them. What happened when they could not figure out the riddle by the 7th day? They did not want to loose so went to his wife to request from her to get the information from him for them by threatening her.

(16) And Shimshon’s wife wept before him, and said, “You only hate me, and do not love me! You have put forth a riddle to the sons of my people, but you have not explained it to me.” And he said to her, “Look, I have not explained it to my father or my mother, and should I explain it to you?”
(17) And she had wept before him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it came to be on the seventh day that he informed her, because she pressed him so much. She then explained the riddle to the sons of her people.
(18) And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?” And he said to them, “If you had not ploughed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle!

Shimshon’s wife succeeded in obtaining the answer from him and told the men who then gave the answer to Shimshon. He knew that they got it from his wife and told them that they would not have had the answer if they did not do as they have done.

(19) Then the Spirit of Yahuah came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashqelon and smote thirty of their men, stripped them, and gave the changes of garments to those who had explained the riddle. And his displeasure burned, and he went back up to his father’s house.
(20) And Shimshon’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his friend.

Shimshon killed 30 of their men and took their garments to give to the men who gave the right answer. Look carefully, when he did this it was the Spirit of Yahuah who lead him to do so.

Here we have seen how his wife deceived him by betraying him and then by going to another man.

Jdg 15:1-20
(1) And it came to be, after some time, in the days of wheat harvest, that Shimshon visited his wife with a young goat. And he said, “Let me go in to my wife, into her room.” But her father would not permit him to go in.
(2) And her father said, “Indeed, I thought that you hated her intensely; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Please, take her instead.”

We see that it was the time of the wheat harvest when Shimshon wanted to visit his wife. He had a goat with him. Suddenly we start to see another picture herein. Let us look at a summary of what we have learned so far from the beginning.

  1. Shimshon gave the Philistines 7 days in which they should figure out a riddle
  2. After 3 days they still did not have the answer. Yeshua was in the grave for 3 days.
  3. On the 7th day they got the answer through deception and getting it indirectly from Shimshon himself.
  4. Shimshon’s wife was given to another man while he was away just as Yeshua when he returns will he find Israel with “another man”?
  5. Shimshon went to his wife with a goat. Yeshua became Israel’s scapegoat allowing her to be set free. Could this goat have symbolized this message?
  6. When Shimshon was not allowed access to his wife because she was given to another man he took revenge. Yeshua when He returns if He finds Israel with another man will He also take revenge?

Let us have a look at the following Scripture to see whether this could be possible.

Rev 6:15-17
(15) And the sovereigns of the earth, and the great ones, and the rich ones, and the commanders, and the mighty, and every slave and every free one, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
(16) and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him sitting on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,
(17) because the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Who is the Lamb? Yeshua? Here we see the wrath of the Lamb. Could it be because He found His bride with another man? Serving other gods?

(3) And Shimshon said to them, “This time I am blameless regarding the Philistines if I do evil to them!”
(4) And Shimshon went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned them tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails,
(5) and set the torches on fire, and sent them out into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and the standing grain, even the vineyards and olive-trees.

Foxes / wolves are often compared to false teachers. Let us look at the following Scripture and see if Yahuah will do something similar.

2Th 2:9-11
(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood,
(10) and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved.
(11) And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood,

Let us carefully consider the above Scripture. Shimshon sent in foxes (false teachers) and attached torches (false spirit) to their tails. The people wanted deceit and lies so he gave them what symbolized a false spirit.

Act 2:1-4
(1) And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place.
(2) And suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
(3) And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them.
(4) And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.

Now let us go back a few verses to compare it with the above Scripture.

Jdg 15:1
(1) And it came to be, after some time, in the days of wheat harvest, that Shimshon visited his wife with a young goat. And he said, “Let me go in to my wife, into her room.” But her father would not permit him to go in.

Shimshon went to visit his wife during the wheat harvest which would have been lining up with the feast of weeks which brings us to the possibility of Shimshon sending the foxes into the fields at the same time in which the Set Apart Spirit was given which is on the Feast of Weeks (also known as Shavuot) which also happens to be when the Torah was given.

Therefore we can decide whether we love the Truth or whether we are happy with the Delusion which Yahuah will send upon them who does not love the Truth.

(6) And the Philistines said, “Who did this?” And they answered, “Shimshon, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he took away his wife and gave her to his companion.” Then the Philistines went up and burned her and her father with fire.
(7) And Shimshon said to them, “Though you do this, yet I shall take revenge on you, and after that I cease.”

It was not only Shimshon’s wife and her father who deceived Shimshon but also the people and therefore his vengeance did not end when they killed his wife and her father. We can also see then in this that the wife symbolizes the people and not just one individual. Shimshon said that he will take revenge and then stop. What did Shimshon do? Let us see.

(8) And he smote them hip and thigh, a great slaughter, and went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Eytam.

When I read the above I immediately wonder WHY the hip and thigh? Why specifically mentioning the hip and thigh? Could the following Scripture give some light?

Gen 32:24-32
(24) And Ya’aqob was left alone. And a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
(25) And when He saw that He did not overcome him, He touched the socket of his hip. And the socket of Ya’aqob’s hip was dislocated as He wrestled with him.
(26) And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I am not letting You go until You have blessed me!”
(27) So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Ya’aqob.”
(28) And He said, “Your name is no longer called Ya’aqob, but Yisra’el, because you have striven with Elohim and with men, and have overcome.”
(29) And Ya’aqob asked Him, saying, “Please let me know Your Name.” And He said, “Why do you ask about My Name?” And He blessed him there.
(30) And Ya’aqob called the name of the place Peni’el, “For I have seen Elohim face to face, and my life is preserved.”
(31) And the sun rose on him as he passed over Penu’el, and he limped on his hip.
(32) That is why the children of Yisra’el to this day do not eat the sinew of the hip, which is on the socket of the thigh, because He touched the socket of the thigh of Ya’aqob, in the sinew of the hip.

When Jacob wrestled with Yeshua he continued wrestling with Him until Yeshua dislocated his hip, maybe to humble him? Jacob became Israel who would become His bride. Maybe this can be studied deeper in another study. Just a last thought, remember, Yahuah was coming against the Philistines through Shimshon. Let us continue.

(9) The Philistines then went up and encamped in Yehudah, and spread out against Lehi.
(10) And the men of Yehudah said, “Why have you come up against us?” And they answered, “We have come up to bind Shimshon, to do to him as he has did to us.
(11) Then three thousand men of Yehudah went down to the cleft of the rock of Eytam and said to Shimshon, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? Why have you have done this to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so I did to them.”

3,000 men went to Shimshon? This shows what an effect Shimshon’s strength had on the people.

(12) And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, to give you into the hand of the Philistines.” And Shimshon said to them, “Swear to me not to fall on me yourselves.
(13) And they spoke to him, saying, “No, but we are certainly going to bind you, and shall give you into their hand but certainly not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.

They went up to Shimshon and told him that they are giving him over to the Philistines. Look carefully, Shimshon did NOT resist. He only had one request. He did not want them to kill him themselves. Yeshua was given up by His own people however technically it was not them who physically killed Him even although spiritually speaking everybody killed Him. His own people gave Him up.

(14) When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. And the Spirit of Yahuah came mightily upon him. And the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
(15) And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and smote a thousand men with it.
(16) And Shimshon said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, one heap, two heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have smitten a thousand men!”
(17) And it came to be, when he had ended speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi.

Once again we see how Yahuah used Shimshon to come against the Philistines. Note how the Spirit of Yahuah entered Shimshon.

(18) And he became very thirsty, and cried out to Yahuah and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant. And now, am I to die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”
(19) And Elohim split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank. And his spirit came back, and he revived. So he called its name En Haqqore, which is in Lehi to this day.
(20) And he ruled Yisra’el twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

I can just imagine how thirsty he must have been after that exercise and just see how Yahuah provided him water.

Now we have seen Shimshon being deceived and his wife taken from him. This must have effected him as a man. As a human. Now we can look at what happened with Delilah. I will be using the colour green when there they plan to kill Shimshon.

Jdg 16:1-31
(1) And Shimshon went to Azzah and saw a woman there, a whore, and went in to her
(2) the Azzathites saying, “Shimshon has come here!” So they went round and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city, and kept silent all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, then we shall kill him.”
(3) Now Shimshon lay until midnight, and rose at midnight, and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, and pulled them up with the bar, put them on his shoulders, and took them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
(4) And it came to be afterward that he loved a woman in the wadi Soreq, whose name was Delilah.
(5) And the princes of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and see by what we might overpower him, then we shall bind him to humble him. And let us give you, each one of us, eleven hundred pieces of silver.”

Azzah is referring to Gaza. He carried the doors of the gate of the city and the two doorposts with the bar to a hill facing Hebron. This should show his strength. The question that arises is why did he face them to Hebron? When I did a search for first mentioning of Hebron, this is what I found.

Gen 13:14-18
(14) And after Lot had separated from him, Yahuah said to Abram, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,
(15) for all the land which you see I shall give to you and your seed forever.
(16) “And I shall make your seed as the dust of the earth, so that, if a man could count the dust of the earth, then your seed also could be counted.
(17) “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
(18) So Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to Yahuah.

Maybe the full depth of this will be given at a next study. For now let us turn back to see how Delilah deceives Shimshon.

(6) And Delilah said to Shimshon, “Please reveal to me where your great strength lies, and by what you might be bound, to humble you.”
(7) And Shimshon said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords, not yet dried, then I shall be weak, and be like any other man.”
(8) The princes of the Philistines then brought her seven fresh cords, not yet dried, and she bound him with them,
(9) while those lying in wait stayed with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Shimshon!” But he broke the cords as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength remained unknown.

  • Delilah asked where his strength lies.
  • Shimshon entertains her by giving a false answer
  • Delilah acts on this and the enemy is near by

Did he not wonder why she was testing him by doing exactly that which is said to break his strength? Did he not think that she is actually trying to get him to loose his strength?

(10) And Delilah said to Shimshon, “Look, you have mocked me and spoken lies to me. Now, please reveal to me by what you might be bound.”
(11) And he said to her, “If they bind me tightly with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall be weak, and be like any other man.”
(12) And Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Shimshon!” And those lying in wait were sitting in the inner room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.

  • Delilah asked where his strength lies.
  • Shimshon entertains her by giving a false answer
  • Delilah acts on this and the enemy is near by

Again the same story.

(13) So Delilah said to Shimshon, “Until now you have mocked me and spoken lies to me, reveal to me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.”
(14) Then she fastened it with a pin, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Shimshon!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the pin of the loom and the web.

  • Delilah asked where his strength lies.
  • Shimshon entertains her by giving a false answer

This time the enemy was not waiting. But see how she claims that Shimshon is mocking her and yet it is her trying to deceive him.

(15) Then she said to him, “How do you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not made known to me where your great strength lies.”
(16) And it came to be, when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, so that his being was wearied to death,
(17) that he made known to her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to Elohim from my mother’s womb. If I were shaven, then my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”
(18) And Delilah saw that he had made known to her all his heart, and she sent and called for the princes of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has made known to me all his heart.” So the princes of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.
(19) And she made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and shaved off the seven locks of his head. Thus she began to humble him, and his strength left him.
(20) And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Shimshon!” And he awoke from his sleep, and said, “Let me go out as before, at other times, and shake myself loose!But he did not know that Yahuah had turned aside from him.

Shimshon could not keep resisting Delilah. He trusted the wrong person. He may have loved her but she loved money more. Let us see what the Philistines did to Shimshon.

(21) So the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Azzah, and bound him with bronze shackles. And he became a grinder in the prison.
(22) But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.

Shimshon was now blind and doing hard labour. The mention of his hair growing again is interesting. Maybe it shows repentance?

(23) And the princes of the Philistines gathered to offer a great slaughtering to Dagon their mighty one, and to rejoice. And they said, “Our mighty one has given Shimshon our enemy into our hands!”
(24) And the people saw him, and praised their mighty one, for they said, “Our mighty one has given into our hands our enemy, the destroyer of our land, who slew many of us.”

There are two things we see here. The god Dagon and them believing it is Dagon who did this for them. They made Yahuah’s judgement on Shimshon a victory for Dagon. I am starting to wonder if this is why Yahuah turned back and honoured Shimshon’s wished to give him strength once more. We will see as we continue.

Let us have a quick look at who Dagon is. Have a look at this short video.

(25) And it came to be, when their hearts were glad, that they said, “Call for Shimshon, and let him entertain us.” So they called for Shimshon from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the columns.
(26) And Shimshon said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me alone and let me feel the columns which support the house, so that I lean on them.”
(27) And the house was filled with men and women. And all the princes of the Philistines were there. And about three thousand men and women were on the roof who watched Shimshon entertaining.
(28) And Shimshon called to Yahuah, saying, “O Master Yahuah, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, only this time, O Elohim, and let me avenge myself on the Philistines with vengeance for my two eyes!”
(29) And Shimshon took hold of the two middle columns which supported the house, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.
(30) And Shimshon said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bowed himself mightily, and the house fell on the princes and all the people in it. And the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
(31) And his brothers and all his father’s household came down and took him, and brought him up and buried him between Tsorah and Eshta’ol in the tomb of his father Manowah. And he had ruled Yisra’el twenty years.

When Yahuah gave Shimshon’s request He showed the people that Dagon was not the one in control. Everything to honour Yahuah.

Hope this study has blessed you as much as it has blessed me. May this study show us that there will be some who will want to betray and deliver us over to the enemy, whether it be for freedom from the elite or money. Shimshon should have noticed that she intends to do just that to him but his love for her blinded him to it. May we have enough discernment to to be able to avoid being delivered or betrayed. May we find mercy if that be one of our loved ones.

Here we can read up on the The Vow Of A Nazirite.

Until next time.

Shabbat Shalom!