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Bible Readings Psalm 121, Judges 16:22-31, Matthew 16:21–26
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Pastor Paul A. Tullberg
Sermon text: Judges 16:22-31
22But the hair on Samson’s head began to grow after it had been shaved. 23Meanwhile, the serens of the Philistines gathered to make a great sacrifice to their god Dagon and to celebrate. They said, “Our god has given our enemy Samson into our hands.”
24When the people saw him, they praised their god: “Our god has given into our hands our enemy, the devastator of our land, who has caused the death of many of us.”
25When they were feeling good, they said, “Send for Samson, so he can provide amusement for us.” They summoned Samson from the prison, and he served as their entertainment.
They made Samson stand between the pillars. 26He said to the young man who led him by his hand, “Put me where I can touch the pillars that support the building, so I can lean upon them.” 27The building was full of men and women, as well as all the serens of the Philistines. On the roof were about three thousand more men and women watching Samson as he was amusing them.
28Samson called out to the Lord. He said, “Lord God, remember me, I pray. Give me strength, I pray, this one more time, O God. Let me get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes in one act of vengeance.”
29Samson then grasped the two central pillars supporting the building. He leaned against them, one with his right hand and one with his left. 30Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” He pushed with all his strength, and the building fell upon the serens and upon all the people who were inside.
The Philistines he put to death when he died were more numerous than those he put to death during his lifetime.
31Then his brothers and his father’s entire household went down, carried him back, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel for twenty years.

From The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage VersionTM (EHVTM)
copyright © 2016 The Wartburg Project. All rights reserved.


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