16:23 The rulers of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate. They said, “Our god has handed Samson, our enemy, over to us.” 16:24 When the people saw him,51 they praised their god, saying, “Our god has handed our enemy over to us, the one who ruined our land and killed so many of us!”52
16:25 When they really started celebrating,53 they said, “Call for Samson so he can entertain us!” So they summoned Samson from the prison and he entertained them.54 They made him stand between two pillars. 16:26 Samson said to the young man who held his hand, “Position me so I can touch the pillars that support the temple.55 Then I can lean on them.” 16:27 Now the temple56 was filled with men and women, and all the rulers of the Philistines were there. There were three thousand men and women on the roof watching Samson entertain. 16:28 Samson called to the Lord, “O Master, Lord,57 remember me! Strengthen me just one more time, O God, so I can get swift revenge58 against the Philistines for my two eyes!” 16:29 Samson took hold of the two middle pillars that supported the temple59 and he leaned against them, with his right hand on one and his left hand on the other. 16:30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed hard60 and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during his life.61 16:31 His brothers and all his family62 went down and brought him back.63 They buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led64 Israel for twenty years.
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