1 And Samson goeth to Gaza, and seeth there a woman, a harlot, and goeth in unto her; 2it is told to the Gazathites, saying, ‘Samson hath come in hither;’ and they go round and lay wait for him all the night at the gate of the city, and keep themselves silent all the night, saying, ‘Till the light of the morning—then we have slain him.’ 3And Samson lieth down till the middle of the night, and riseth in the middle of the night, and layeth hold on the doors of the gate of the city, and on the two side posts, and removeth them with the bar, and putteth on his shoulders, and taketh them up unto the top of the hill, which is on the front of Hebron.
4 And it cometh to pass afterwards that he loveth a woman in the valley of Sorek, and her name is Delilah, 5and the princes of the Philistines come up unto her, and say to her, ‘Entice him, and see wherein his great power is, and wherein we are able for him—and we have bound him to afflict him, and we—we give to thee, each one, eleven hundred silverlings.’ 6And Delilah saith unto Samson, ‘Declare, I pray thee, to me, wherein thy great power is, and wherewith thou art bound, to afflict thee.’ 7And Samson saith unto her, ‘If they bind me with seven green withs which have not been dried, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.’ 8And the princes of the Philistines bring up to her seven green withs which have not been dried, and she bindeth him with them. 9And the ambush is abiding with her in an inner chamber, and she saith unto him, ‘Philistines are upon thee, Samson;’ and he breaketh the withs as a thread of tow is broken in its smelling fire, and his power hath not been known. 10And Delilah saith unto Samson, ‘Lo, thou hast played upon me, and speakest unto me lies; now, declare, I pray thee, to me, wherewith thou art bound.’ 11And he saith unto her, ‘If they certainly bind me with thick bands, new ones, by which work hath not been done, then I have been weak, and have been as one of the human race.’ 12And Delilah taketh thick bands, new ones, and bindeth him with them, and saith unto him, ‘Philistines are upon thee, Samson;’ and the ambush is abiding in an inner chamber, and he breaketh them from off his arms as a thread. 13And Delilah saith unto Samson, ‘Hitherto thou hast played upon me, and dost speak unto me lies; declare to me wherewith thou art bound.’ And he saith unto her, ‘If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.’ 14And she fixeth it with the pin, and saith unto him, ‘Philistines are upon thee, Samson;’ and he awaketh out of his sleep, and journeyeth with the pin of the weaving machine, and with the web. 15And she saith unto him, ‘How dost thou say, I have loved thee, and thy heart is not with me? these three times thou hast played upon me, and hast not declared to me wherein thy great power is.’ 16And it cometh to pass, because she distressed him with her words all the days, and doth urge him, and his soul is grieved to death, 17that he declareth to her all his heart, and saith to her, ‘A razor hath not gone up on my head, for a Nazarite to God I am from the womb of my mother; if I have been shaven, then hath my power turned aside from me, and I have been weak, and have been as any of the human race.’
18 And Delilah seeth that he hath declared to her all his heart, and she sendeth and calleth for the princes of the Philistines, saying, ‘Come up this time, for he hath declared to me all his heart;’ and the princes of the Philistines have come up unto her, and bring up the money in their hand. 19and she maketh him sleep on her knees, and calleth for a man, and shaveth the seven locks of his head, and beginneth to afflict him, and his power turneth aside from off him; 20and she saith, ‘Philistines are upon thee, Samson;’ and he awaketh out of his sleep, and saith, ‘I go out as time by time, and shake myself;’ and he hath not known that Jehovah hath turned aside from off him. 21And the Philistines seize him, and pick out his eyes, and bring him down to Gaza, and bind him with two brazen fetters; and he is grinding in the prison-house.
22 And the hair of his head beginneth to shoot up, when he hath been shaven, 23and the princes of the Philistines have been gathered together to sacrifice a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; and they say, ‘Our god hath given into our hand Samson our enemy.’ 24And the people see him, and praise their god, for they said, ‘Our god hath given in our hand our enemy, and he who is laying waste our land, and who multiplied our wounded.’ 25And it cometh to pass, when their heart is glad, that they say, ‘Call for Samson, and he doth play before us;’ and they call for Samson out of the prison-house, and he playeth before them, and they cause him to stand between the pillars. 26And Samson saith unto the young man who is keeping hold on his hand, ‘Let me alone, and let me feel the pillars on which the house is established, and I lean upon them.’ 27And the house hath been full of men and of women, and thither are all the princes of the Philistines, and on the roof are about three thousand men and women, who are looking on the playing of Samson. 28And Samson calleth unto Jehovah, and saith, ‘Lord Jehovah, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this time, O God; and I am avenged—vengeance at once—because of my two eyes, on the Philistines.’ 29And Samson turneth aside to the two middle pillars, on which the house is established, and on which it is supported, to the one with his right hand, and one with his left; 30and Samson saith, ‘Let me die with the Philistines,’ and he inclineth himself powerfully, and the house falleth on the princes, and on all the people who are in it, and the dead whom he hath put to death in his death are more than those whom he put to death in his life. 31And his brethren come down, and all the house of his father, and lift him up, and bring him up, and bury him between Zorah and Eshtaol, in the burying-place of Manoah his father; and he hath judged Israel twenty years.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.