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The last of three women to receive Samson’s romantic affections, and the only one of the three to be named (Judg 14–16).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DELILAH (PERSON) [Heb dĕlı̂lâ (דְּלִילָה) ]. The woman to whom Samson revealed the source of his strength and who betrayed him to the Philistines for a large sum of money (Judg 16:4–22). Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek at the N end of the Philistine plain, was probably Philistine, though
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Delilah. Samson’s mistress, who betrayed him to his Philistine enemies (Jgs 16). Because Philistia held southern Israel in vassalage at the time (c. 1070 bc), Samson was chosen by God to begin the delivery of Israel. His success prompted the five Philistine rulers to offer Delilah a bribe if she would
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Delilah dəlī́‘̀lə [Heb. delîlâ; Gk. Daleida, Dalida].The woman who betrayed Samson to the Philistines (Jgs. 16). She was presumably a Philistine, though that is not expressly stated, only that she belonged to the valley of Sorek. She is not spoken of as Samson’s wife, though many have understood
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DELILAH Samson’s mistress, who betrayed him to his Philistine enemies (Jgs 16). Because Philistia held southern Israel in vassalage at the time (c. 1070 bc), Samson was chosen by God to begin the delivery of Israel. His success prompted the five Philistine rulers to offer Delilah a bribe if she would
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Delilah (di-li´luh), a woman who was loved by Samson. Her name (perhaps meaning “loose hair” or “small, slight”) is a pun on the Hebrew word for “night” (laylah), while Samson’s is related to “sun” (shemesh). Offered a bribe by some Philistines, Delilah seeks to find out the secret of Samson’s strength.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DELILAH A Philistine woman living in the valley of Sorek c. 1100 b.c., to whom Samson revealed the secret of his strength (Jdg 16:4–22). The Wadi Sorek is the main pass leading W down from Jerusalem, through the Shephelah or foothills to the Maritime plain.Although there were at least three women in
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Delilah (Heb. dĕlɩ̂lâ)The woman who defeats Samson. The meaning of her name is uncertain; proposals include “devotee,” “coquette,” “falling curl,” and “small.” Given the association of the name Samson with Heb. šemeš (“sun”), it seems to involve a wordplay with laylâ (“night”). The story does not
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Delilah [dĭ līˊlə] (Heb. delîlâ; cf. Arab. dallatum “flirt”). A woman living in the valley of Sorek, either a Philistine or an Israelite who sold herself to Israel’s oppressors for money. When Samson declared his love for her, she coaxed from him the secret of his strength so she could deliver
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DELILAH A woman of the valley of Sorek best known for her betrayal of Samson (Judg 16:4–21) to the Philistines. Samson fell in love with her, and she was then hired by the Philistines to learn the secret of his strength. She lured him into betraying his Nazirite vow by cutting his hair (Judg 16:17–20).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DELI´LAH (de-līʹla; “coquette”). A courtesan who dwelt in the valley of Sorek and was loved by Samson (Judg. 16:4–18), about 1060 b.c. Samson was tricked by her into revealing the secret of his strength and the means by which he might be overcome; she was bribed by the lords of the Philistines, who