1. Judges 16:30 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is the significance of Samson’s final words?

Judges 16:30 (ESV)

30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

Samson’s final words are, Let me die with the Philistines! The one whose life had been so bound with the Philistines, the one who has loved them, clashed with them, killed them, and been blinded and tormented by them…wants to die with them in death. He has never sought to fulfill the Lord’s calling upon his life; instead, he has been trying to fulfill his own agenda of lust and egocentricity, all in connection with the Philistines.1 Samson hereby declares his final and complete identification with the enemy, which is tragic: the Nazirite, set apart for the service of the Lord, wants to die with the uncircumcised Philistines!2 Dying with them seems to be the only way he will ever be free of them.