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How he was betrayed.

How they treated him.

How long he was a prisoner.

and that if he broke his vow by cutting his hair, God would forsake him. Delīlah then enticed him to

go to sleep upon her lap, cut off his hair, and, calling for the Philistines, delivered him into their hands.

Exulting in their success, the Philistines bore out both his eyes; and then shut him up in a prison at Gaza to grind like a pack-horse at a mill.

He remained in prison about a year, when a festival was held in honour of the idol Dagon. The lords of the Philistines then sent for him to make them sport.

He went at their bidding; and, having displayed various feats of strength, requested to rest awhile against the pillars of a building, in which the chief spectators were assembled.

His request was granted; and, grasping in his arms the two pillars

How he behaved.

What then occurred.

What became of Samson.

which supported the edifice, he snapped them asunder; the building fell, and 3000 Philistines were buried in the pile.

Samson also died in the same ruin. He was only 38 years old, and had been a judge of Israel for nearly 20 years. (B.c. 1113.)

He was succeeded by Eli, the high-priest, who was in turn succeeded by Samuel, the last of the 14 judges, and with whom ended the Jewish theocracy.

By whom he was succeeded.


Samson & type.

SAMSON was a TYPE of JESUS CHRIST: (1.) The birth of each was miraculous, and announced from heaven by an angel ;

(2.) In each case the angel declared the child born should be a Nazarite and a Saviour;

(3.) The lion which Samson slew in his youth was a type of the conquest of Christ over Satan, “who goeth about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour;"

(4.) "The honey which flowed from the lion's carcase, symbolized the blessings which flow from the victory of Christ over Satan;

(5.) Samson was rejected by his countrymen and delivered bound unto his enemies; so Christ was rejected by those whom he came to save, and delivered bound to the Gentiles;

(6.) Samson burst asunder his bonds and slew his captors, as Christ burst asunder the bonds of death, and triumphed when his enemies thought they had secured him;

(7.) Samson burst from Gaza and carried away with him the city gates ; Jesus Christ burst from the tomb on the morning of the resurrection, and the stone which confined him there was rolled away;

(8.) Samson blinded, insulted, enslaved, made his grave with the wicked ; and Christ blindfolded, insulted, and treated as a slave, was crucified with two thieves.




How husbands and wives were selected.

Husbands and wives were selected

by the fathers of the young people ; but if a son had formed a preference, he asked his father to effect the match for him. * The consent of the brother also was needful

* Gen. xxxiv. 2-5. Judges xiv. 1, 2.

were forbidden.



before any father could give away his daughter in

marriage. (Gen. xxiv. 50. 2 Sam. xiii. 20—29.) What marriages Intermarriages were prohibited

with the Canaanites, and subsequently with any foreigner whatsoever.* Priests might Priests might marry, but a high

priest was not allowed to marry a widow. (Lev. xxi. 7–14.) Law respecting A daughter who had no brothers

could marry only in her own tribe ; the object of this law was to prevent the paternal estate from passing into another tribe. + A marriage A marriage vow was a covenant be

tween the fathers of the contracting party on behalf of their son and daughter. When this bond was made, the father of the bride stated what dowry he intended to give.

A rich man's dowry varied from 30 to 50 shekels (£3 12s. to £6); but it occasionally happened that no dowry was demanded. (Deut. xxii. 29.

Hos. iii. 1, 2.) The interval, The interval between the vow and

the marriage was called the time of espousal. If a man proved faithless during this period, he had to give his betrothed a bili of divorce; but if the woman broke the covenant, she was stoned to death.

* Ezra ix. 2–12. Neh. xiii. 23. * Num. xxvii. 1--11; xxxvi. 14-12.

how called.

How the bride

bride away

The bride was prepared for the wedfor marriage. ding by bathing, and putting on her most costly attire. She wore a crown on her head and a veil reaching down to her feet. The banquet, The banquet was provided by the how provided.

bridegroom, and lasted, in some cases, an entire week.

The bride was conducted thither by the bridegroom at night, and the bridesmaids lighted them on their way. (Matt. xxv. 1-10.) Who gave the The bride was given away by her

father, who pronounced a blessing as he joined the right hands of the contracting party. After which she took off her veil and retired to the bridal chamber.

Concubines were the inferior wives

of a man who had more than one. The children of concubines could never inherit the paternal estates.

It must be remembered that men were allowed more than one wife till our Lord forbade it. Why the Jews

Children were greatly desired by

women, from the hope of being mother of the Messiah ; and to be unmarried or barren was considered by them a great disgrace. (Judges xi. 40.)

A childless widow married her huslaw explained.

band's brother, in order that the paternal estate might not be lost to the family. This was called the Levirate law.

What concn. bines were.

desired children.

The Levirate

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