Samson was a Nazarite, a child given to God to fulfill a special purpose. However, Samson was often willful and hot-tempered and struggled to obey God's will. Tempted by a Philistine woman, named Delilah, he gives away the secret to his great strength — his long hair — and becomes weak and blind after he is shorn while sleeping and the Philistines attack him. He turns humbly to God, promising obedience once again, and with new God-endowed strength, he is able to defeat the Philistines.

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  • Delilah - Delilah's name means "delicate" or "dainty one." The Philistines approach Delilah and offer to pay her handsomely if she is able to find out why Samson is so strong.
  • Manoah and His Wife - Manoah belongs to the tribe of Dan. His wife is unable to have children. Then an angel appears to Manoah's wife and tells her that she will become pregnant and give birth to a son. Samson is the son of Manoah and his wife.

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