JUDGES 16:17

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“That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

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Judges 16:17 Translation & Meaning

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That he told וַיַּגֶּד Properly, to front, i.e., stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise told
her אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) her
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
his heart, לִבּ֗וֹ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
and said וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto her, There hath not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
come עָלָ֣ה To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative come
a razor מוֹרָה֙ A razor razor
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
mine head; רֹאשִׁ֔י The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) head
for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
I אֲנִ֖י I I
have been (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a Nazarite נְזִ֧יר Separate, i.e., consecrated (as prince, a Nazirite); hence (figuratively from the latter) an unpruned vine (like an unshorn Nazirite) Nazarite
unto God אֱלֹהִ֛ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
from my mother's אִמִּ֑י A mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively [like father]) mothers
womb: מִבֶּ֣טֶן The belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything womb
if אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
I be shaven, גֻּלַּ֙חְתִּי֙ Properly, to be bald, i.e., (causatively) to shave; figuratively to lay waste shaven
then my strength כֹחִ֔י Vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard then strength
will go וְסָ֣ר To turn off (literally or figuratively) go
from מִמֶּ֣נִּי Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses from
me, and I shall become weak, וְחָלִ֥יתִי Properly, to be rubbed or worn; hence (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted; or (causatively) to grieve, make sick become weak
and be וְהָיִ֖יתִי To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and be
like any כְּכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) like any
other (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
man. הָֽאָדָֽם׃ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man

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  • 15  And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

  • 16  And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

  • 17  That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

  • 18  And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

  • 19  And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.




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