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Summary: This sermon uses a true story to illustrates how temptations can ruin us if we give in to them.

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"AVOIDING SATAN’S TRAPS!"

JUDGES 16:1-22

1]Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot t[here, and went in to her.

[2] When the Gazites were told, "Samson has come here!" they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, "In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him."

[3] And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

[4] Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

[5] And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."

[6] So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you."

[7] And Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man."

[8] So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.

[9] Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

[10] Then Delilah said to Samson, "Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with."

[11] So he said to her, "If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man."

[12] Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And men were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.

[13] Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom"—

[14] So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.

[15] Then she said to him, "How can you say, ’I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies."

[16] And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,

[17] that he told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man."


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