Delilah: Hebrew seductress, Philistine ruler, Betrayer


A person’s greatest accomplishment may well be helping others accomplish great things. Likewise, a person’s greatest failure may be preventing others from achieving greatness. Delilah played a minor role in Samson’s life, but her effect was devastating, for she influenced him to betray his special calling from God. Motivated by greed, Delilah used her persistence to wear down Samson. His infatuation with her made Samson a vulnerable target. For all his physical strength, he was no match for her, and he paid a great price for giving into her. Delilah is never mentioned again in the Bible. Her unfaithfulness to Samson brought ruin to him and to her people.

Are people helped by knowing you? Do they find that knowing you challenges them to be the best they can be? Even more important, does knowing you help their relationship with God? What do your demands for their time and attention tell them about your real care for them? Are you willing to be God’s instrument in the lives of others?

Strength and Accomplishments

  • Persistent when faced with obstacles

Weaknesses and Mistakes

  • Valued money more than relationships
  • Betrayed the man who trusted her

Lesson From Her Life

  • We need to be careful to place our trust in only people who are trustworthy
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Vital Statistics for Delilah

Key Verse for Delilah

With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. So he told her everything” (Judges 16:16, 17).

Her story is told in Judges 16.

Scripture Study Resources

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The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible – The best concordance for word study! This exclusive new edition of a legendary classic puts generations of biblical research at your fingertips. A valuable tool for pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible. 

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Halley’s Bible Handbook – The beloved and classic Bible companion has been thoroughly updated, while retaining its time-honored features and Dr. Halley’s highly personal style, to offer even greater clarity, insight, and usefulness.

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