Judges 16:8
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English Standard Version
Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

King James Bible
Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

American Standard Version
Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withes which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the princes of the Philistines brought unto her seven cords, such is he spoke of, with which she bound him;

English Revised Version
Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withes which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the lords of the Philistines brought to her seven green withs, which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When this was told to the Gazites, they surrounded him (the object to the verb is to be supplied from the following word לו) and laid wait for him all night at the city gate, but they kept themselves quiet during the night, saying, "Till the dawning (אור, infin.) of the morning," sc., we can wait, "then will we kill him." For this construction, see 1 Samuel 1:22. The verb ויּגּד, "it was told" (according to the lxx and Chald.: cf. Genesis 22:20), or ויּאמרוּ, "they said," is wanting before לעזּתים, and must have fallen out through a copyist's error. The verb התחרשׁ has evidently the subordinate idea of giving themselves up to careless repose; for if the watchmen who were posted at the city gate had but watched in a regular manner, Samson could not have lifted out the closed gates and carried them away. But as they supposed that he would not leave the harlot before daybreak, they relied upon the fact that the gate was shut, and probably feel asleep.

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Cross References
Judges 16:7
Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man."

Judges 16:9
Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

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