No women, no cry …

Samson is a man you have to have sympathy for.  His life was plagued, and ended, by nagging women.

His mother was barren but an angel came to her and told her that she would have a son who was to be a Nazarite (from the Hebrew word nazir which meant “separated” or “consecrated”).  The Nazarite followers had to abstain from liquor, avoid corpses and graves, and refrain from ever cutting their hair.

His first love was for a Philistine woman.  On the way to the wedding, Samson encountered a lion which he killed with his bare hands.  He told nobody about it and when he returned to the carcass he found that a swarm of bees had moved in and made honey.  At the feast he hosted for his wedding guests, he posed a riddle to the Philistines and gave them 7 days to find the answer for a prize of 30 sets of clothing:  “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet”.

The Philistines could not solve the riddle and asked Samson’s young wife to get the answer for them.  And here is the life-long dilemma of Samson – a nagging spouse.  He was so angry when they solved the riddle with her help that he killed 30 Philistines from another town to give the promised 30 sets of clothing to the winners.

And this really sets the stage for the rest of Samson’s life.  The Philistines became heartily tired of Samson and the havoc he wreaked upon them, and once again pressed his woman to find out the secret of his strength.  Delilah did and he grew so worn-out with her continuous harassment that he gave away his secret.  His immense strength lay in the fact that he had never cut his hair.  She shore his locks in his sleep, the Philistines captured him, gouged out his eyes and made a public mockery of him.

Samson did have the final victory though.  Without the Philistines noticing, his hair grew back.  At a function where he was chained between two pillars, he pulled them down and collapsed the building, killing thousands of Philistines.

King Solomon said that a nagging woman is like a dripping tap and that it is better for a man to live in the corner of an attic.  And that is what Samson had to contend with all of his life.

There is a huge difference between the role a man plays in a marriage and the role a woman plays, regardless of what our politically correct society teaches us today.  In any situation, someone has to have the last say.  Me thinks it is best for a woman to do what she has to do, without the nagging.  It could lead to the downfall of her man.

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