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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #2: Who cut Samson’s hair?

Samson and Delilah could’ve been a beautiful epic romantic story for the ages, had Delila felt the same way love-stricken Samson felt about her. Talk about unrequited love to the max!

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The strongest man who ever lived was a Nazirite* who possessed great strength. His source of weakness was Delilah, a cunning and deceitful Philistine woman who used her powers of deception and seduction to wear down and eventually destroy Samson.

The chief of the Philistines saw that Samson had a schoolboy crush on the beautiful Delilah and recruited her to find the source of his strength. After three failed attempts, Samson finally gave in and spilled that the secret of his superhuman strength was in his beautiful locks. Hair has always been a symbol of beauty and power in the Bible and I’ll love to look into hair sometime in the near future.

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Upon realizing that Samson spilled his heart to her, she put him to sleep on her lap and the seven locks of his hair were shaved off, thus making him weak and subdued. But who cut his hair? Many people argued that it was Delilah because he was sleeping on her lap when his hair was cut. Let’s consult our Bible:

After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

Judges 16:19 (NIV)

So it was not Delilah, but a co-conspirator who cut Samson’s hair. I remember some people arguing that it was Delilah who performed the big chop because of some Hollywood movie they had watched.

Don’t let the devil cheat you of your victory like he cheated Samson. Keep your eyes on God. 

*A Nazarite is an Israelite who was consecrated to the service of God and took on the vow prescribed in Numbers 6:2-21. The Nazarite’s vow included abstinence from alcohol, forbearance from cutting the hair off the head, and avoidance of contact with the dead.

When the period of the vow came to an end, the Nazarite will then present himself at the door of the sanctuary with 3 animals: a he-lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, a ewe lamb of the first year for a sin offering, and a ram for a peace offering. After the priest accepted these sacrifices, the Nazarite then cut off his hair at the door and threw it into the fire under the peace offering.

A Nazarite’s vow lasted only 30 to 100 days, but they were left at liberty to fix his own time. Only 3 men mentioned in Scripture were Nazarites for life: Samson (Judges 13:4-5), Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).

Sources: The KJV Bible and the Easton Bible Dictionary.


28 thoughts on “Bible’s Most Asked Questions #2: Who cut Samson’s hair?”

    1. Right, but he never listens! Haha! What’s an infatuated man to do after all that nagging, though? He was muscle strong, but his heart was weak. He reminds me a lot of Solomon.

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  1. Learning so much more about these Biblical stories through this category! I always thought it was her that had cut his hair back then when I wasn’t reading my Bible the way I suppose to lol…then after reading it with the help of the Lord’s Holy Spirit I realized that it wasn’t her at all! Bless God for his word. The TRUTH. Thank you for sharing Dee! Xx

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    1. I’m happy that you’ve been enjoying, Tammy! Yes, thank God for His Word! I love consulting the Bible instead of taking things by face value.

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  2. Thank you once again for sharing this. I didn’t realize there was a debate on who cut Samson’s hair, but I agree, people should not take their facts from Hollywood movies. I’m currently reading the bible on a more deeper level to understand it better, so I love these posts!

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    1. And thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. Your reading/studying will certainly pay off, Crystal. The Bible is such a beautiful book!

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  3. Pure Flix is coming out with a new movie on Samson, I’m curious to see if they will keep to the scripture. What a silly thing to argue and debate about when scripture is clear.

    I do think the way Samson died is powerful and he gave glory to God that day. Some people get confused with Samson and his story, but I think your comment about him being like us is a crucial point to consider.

    Technically, this is Bible Question #3 😉 we talked about Melchizedek last June ❤

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    1. I tend to stay away from Biblical movies, but I’ll take a look at this one if it’s done right. Yes, scripture is super clear, but people nowadays are so brainwash that they rely on the media to tell them everything even how scripture should be!

      I agree. It was a powerful death. I keep returning to his story every time.

      Oh, yes, we did! 🙂

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      1. I don’t blame you about the movies.

        I really enjoyed the movie Son of God, I think they covered it beautifully.

        I think with Samson’s story, even though others may struggle with it, I find it to be a story of hope. Even at the end, God used Samson, and He can use us.

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      2. I’ve heard about that movie but never got around to watching it. I’ll add it to my movie list in the near future.

        And Samson certainly accomplished God’s purpose the hard way. God uses anyone. He never looks at where we’ve been/from and I love that about our Father. 💙

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