Hebrew: שִׁמְשׁ֑וֹן —transliteration: Shimshon
Meaning: man of the sun
The first recorded event of his life was his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath (Judges 14:1-5). Such a marriage was not forbidden by the law of Moses, as the Philistines did not form one of the seven doomed Canaanite nations (Exodus 34:11-16; Deuteronomy 7:1-4). It was, however, an ill-assorted and unblessed marriage. His wife was soon taken from him and given “to his companion” (Judges 14:20).
He perished in the last terrible destruction he brought upon his enemies.
“So the dead which he slew at his death were more [in social and political importance = the elite of the people] than they which he slew in his life.”
“Straining all his nerves, he bowed: As with the force of winds and waters pent, When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars With horrible convulsion to and fro He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder Upon the heads of all who sat beneath, Lords, ladies, captains, counselors, or priests, Their choice nobility and flower” (Milton's Samson Agonistes).
“Unlike Samson, who succumbed to the evils of the Philistine culture, our lives must be distinctive, virtuous, and godly if we are to effectively influence modern society.” (from video “On the Promised Land: Crossroads of the World”
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