Getting Off The Bottom; The Key To Restoration (4 of 4) by Randal Ross

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MARCH 19, 1995


(Judges 16:21-30 NIV)
§(21) Then the Philistines seized him, gouged ì
out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding ì
him with bronze shackles, they set him to ì
grinding in the prison. (22) But the hair on ì
his head began to grow again after it had been ì
shaved. (23) Now the rulers of the Philistines ì
assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon ì
their god and to celebrate, saying, "Our god ì
has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our ì
hands." (24) When the people saw him, they ì
praised their god, saying, "Our god has ì
delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who ì
laid waste our land and multiplied our slain." ì
(25) While they were in high spirits, they ì
shouted, "Bring out Samson to entertain us." So ì
they called Samson out of the prison, and he ì
performed for them. When they stood him among ì
the pillars, (26) Samson said to the servant ì
who held his hand, "Put me where I can feel the ì
pillars that support the temple, so that I may ì
lean against them." (27) Now the temple was ì
crowded with men and women; all the rulers of ì
the Philistines were there, and on the roof ì
were about three thousand men and women ì
watching Samson perform. (28) Then Samson ì
prayed to the Lord, "O Sovereign Lord, remember ì
me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, ì
and let me with one blow get revenge on the ì
Philistines for my two eyes." (29) Then Samson ì
reached toward the two central pillars on which ì
the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, ì
his right hand on the one and his left hand on ì
the other, (30) Samson said, "Let me die with ì
the Philistines!" Then he pushed with all his ì
might, and down came the temple on the rulers ì
and all the people in it. Thus h ...

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