The Man, The Myth, The Tragedy

We all know the basic story of Samson and Delilah from Judges 13-16. We all know that eventually long-haired Samson tells her the secret to his strength and she hands him over the Philistines, who eventually take him captive by plucking his eyes out and enslaving him. Then God grants him a final request and he takes out all 3000 men and women in the coliseum and he goes with them. All this is true, but there is a common misconception that I think we tend to miss. The common misconception is that Samson was destined for greatness no matter what he did—faltering only when he met Delilah—but that's not entirely true. Samson’s story begins in Judges 13:1-5, in which an angel appears to a barren

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