“Beware lest ye also be led away with the error of the wicked”

Judges 16:6-20

We cannot linger over Samson’s famous feat at Gaza, where he carried away the city gates upon his shoulders, but must come to the unhappy scene in which that great man fell a victim to his own follies, and was deprived of his power to judge and protect his countrymen. Delilah, the companion of his sin, was the instrument of his downfall.

Judges 16:9

After this deliverance Samson had no excuse for further remaining in traitorous company. “Surely in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird,” but this man was so infatuated that he plunged into the snare after he had once narrowly escaped from it. Sin is madness.

Judges 16:10-12

A second time betrayed! A second time delivered! Will he not fly now from the deceiver’s house? Alas! No. You might sooner teach a moth to shun the candle than a man besotted by sin to escape from its wiles.

Judges 16:13, 14

This time he came dangerously near his secret. The whirlpool in which he was surging was sucking him down. Poor Samson! Who could save thee when thou wast determined to destroy thyself?

Judges 16:15-17

His consecration was his strength, and when he renounced the unshorn locks, which were the symbol of his dedication, the Lord left him, and he reaped the due reward of his sinful indulgences. He sinned deliberately, and therefore was left to smart for it.

Judges 16:18

Bad men and women are always ready to sell for gain those whom they loudly profess to love. They art never to be trusted.

Judges 16:19, 20

Vainly do we go forth without our God. We may have been valiant and mighty before, but if the Lord shall leave us we shall be captives to our foes. What a warning does this unhappy story present to us. May infinite mercy enable us to profit thereby.


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