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The Lord raised up Samson to begin to deliver Israel from Philistine bondage, but Samson’s tactic were his own. Because he used poor judgment, four Philistine women played significant roles in Samson’s life; it was the fourth that brought him to his knees. Many men love bravado, and there is something about two roosters posturing themselves for the showdown; a cunning female, however, can bring a man down much quicker than a jousting match. “Samson, when strong and brave, strangled a lion; but he could not strangle his own love. He burst the fetters of his foes, but not the cords of his own lusts. He burned up the crops of others, and lost the fruit of his own virtue when burning with the flame enkindled by a single woman” (Ambros. Apol. ii., David. c. iii.—cited from Keil & Delitzsch’s Commentary on Judges 16). RT

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