Many of the Israelites had again gone back to worshipping idols, so Jehovah allowed the Philistines to control their land.
Ivbi Izrẹl nibun na werriegbe suẹn gha ga ẹbọ, ọni ẹre ọ si ẹre ne Jehova na zinegbe ne Ivbi e Filistin rhie obọ yan iran uhunmwu.
But there were some Israelites who loved Jehovah.
Sokpan Ivbi Izrẹl eso ye gha rrọọ ni hoẹmwẹ e Jehova.
One such man was Manoah.
Ọkpa vbe iran na ọre Manoa.
He and his wife had no children.
Irẹn vbe ọvbokhan rẹn i mwẹ ọmọ.
One day Jehovah sent an angel to Manoah’s wife.
Vbe ẹdẹ ọkpa, e Jehova keghi gie odibo ọghẹe bu ọvbokhan e Manoa.
The angel told her:
Odibosa nii keghi tama rẹn wẹẹ:
‘You will have a son.
‘U gha biẹ ọmọ okpia.
He will rescue Israel from the Philistines.
Irẹn ẹre ọ khian miẹn Ivbi Izrẹl fan vbe obọ Ivbi e Filistin.
He will be a Nazirite.’
E Nazarait khian gha nọ.’
Do you know who the Nazirites were?
U rẹn emwa ni ghaa re Nazarait ra?
They were special servants of Jehovah.
Iran kegha re eguọmwadia e Jehova ne kpataki.
Nazirites were not allowed to cut their hair.
Avbe Nazarait i gbe eto ọghe iran.
In time, Manoah’s son was born, and he named him Samson.
Vbe ẹghẹ ghi sẹ, ọvbokhan e Manoa keghi biẹ ọmọ okpia, a na gha tie ẹre Samsin.
When Samson grew up, Jehovah made him very strong.
Vbe Samsin ghi waan nẹ, e Jehova keghi yae wegbe.
He could kill a lion with his bare hands.
Ọ wegbe sẹrriọ wẹẹ, ọ na ya obọ re eveva gbe oduma rua.
On one occasion, Samson killed 30 Philistines all by himself.
Ọ vbe gha mwẹ ẹghẹ ọkpa ne Samsin ya gbe Ivbi e Filistin 30 rua.
The Philistines hated him and kept looking for ways to kill him.
Ivbi e Filistin na gha mu ohu ẹre, iran na gha gualọ vbene iran khian ya gbe ẹre rua.
One night while Samson was sleeping in Gaza, they went to the gate of the city and waited there so that they could kill him in the morning.
Vbe Ivbi e Filistin ghi họn wẹẹ e Samsin vbiẹ vbe Gaza vbe ẹdẹ ọkpa, iran na ya gba khẹ ọre vbe onurho orere ẹvbo, ne iran mieke na gbe ẹre rua vbe ẹdẹ gha gbe.
But in the middle of the night, Samson got up, went to the city gate, and ripped it out of the wall. He carried the gate on his shoulders all the way to the top of a mountain near Hebron!
Sokpan vbe ogiasọn, e Samsin keghi vu urho nii mu ye izabọ gha rrie uhunmwu oke, vbe ọkpẹn Hibrọn!
Later, the Philistines went to Samson’s girlfriend, Delilah, and said:
Vbe ọ ghi zẹ kpẹẹ, Ivbi e Filistin keghi bu egbakhian ọghe Samsin na tie ẹre Delila, iran na tama rẹn wẹẹ:
‘We will pay you thousands of silver pieces if you find out why Samson is so strong.
‘Ma gha hae ruẹ igho nọkhua deghẹ u na gu ima gualọ otọ emwi nọ ya e Samsin wegbe.
We want to catch him and put him in prison.’
Ma hoo ne ima muẹn ye eghan.’
Delilah wanted the money, so she agreed.
Igho nii keghi viẹn ye Delila aro, ọ na ghi kue ye emwi ne iran khare.
At first, Samson refused to tell her why he was so strong.
Vbe okaro, e Samsin ma tama rẹn emwi nọ ya irẹn wegbe.
But she nagged him until he gave in and revealed his secret.
Sokpan ọ ma gi egbe rọkhọ e Samsin ba ẹmwẹ na; vbe ọ ghi zẹ kpẹẹ, e Samsin na do vẹ oro nii ma rẹn.
‘My hair has never been cut because I am a Nazirite,’ he told her.
Ọ keghi tama rẹn wẹẹ: ‘Rhunmwuda ne I na re Nazarait, a ma he gbe mwẹ eto ke na ya biẹ mwẹ.
‘If my hair is cut, I will lose my strength.’
Adeghẹ a na wa gbe mwẹ eto nia, ẹtin mwẹ ghi wa fo.’
Samson made a big mistake by telling her that, didn’t he?
U miẹn abakuru nọkhua ne Samsin ru!
Delilah immediately told the Philistines:
E Delila keghi ya tama Ivbi e Filistin vbobọvbobọ wẹẹ:
‘I know his secret!’
‘I miẹn otọre nẹ!’
She made Samson fall asleep on her lap, and then she had someone cut off his hair.
E Delila keghi bọ e Samsin ye ovbe, ẹre ọ na ghi wẹẹ ne ọmwa gia re eto.
E Delila keghi datu wẹẹ:
‘Samson, the Philistines are here!’
‘Samsin, ghee vbe Ivbi e Filistin rre!’
Samson woke up, and his strength was gone.
Vbe Samsin ghi kpaegbe, ẹtin na wa fo ẹre.
The Philistines grabbed him, blinded him, and put him in prison.
Ivbi e Filistin keghi rhu ẹre aro eveva, iran na ya muẹn ye eghan.
One day thousands of Philistines gathered in the temple of their god Dagon, shouting:
Vbe ẹdẹ ọkpa, Ivbi e Filistin nibun keghi si egbe koko vbe ogiukpo ọghe ẹbọ ne iran gho na tie ẹre Dagọn, iran na gha kha wẹẹ:
‘Our god has given us Samson!
‘osa ọghe ima mu e Samsin ye ima obọ nẹ!
Bring Samson out! Let’s have some fun with him.’
Rhie Samsin ladian, ne u gi ima yae gbogiẹ kherhe!’
They made him stand between two pillars, and they mocked him.
Iran keghi muẹn mudia ye ẹkpo orrẹ eva, iran na gha yae gbogiẹ.
Samson called out:
E Samsin keghi da tie Jehova wẹẹ:
‘O Jehovah, please give me strength one more time.’
‘Eo Jehova, rhie ẹtin mẹ vbe uhukpa na.’
By now, Samson’s hair had grown long again.
Vbe ẹghẹ na kha na, eto ọghe Samsin werriegbe zọọ nẹ.
He pushed the pillars of the temple with all his might.
E Samsin keghi loo ẹtin ẹnrẹn hia ya rhua orrẹ ọghe ogiukpo nii gbotọ.
The whole building came crashing down, killing all the people in the temple, and Samson also died.
Owa nii hia keghi dele gbotọ, emwa hia ni ghaa rrọọ keghi wulo ya sẹ egbe Samsin.
“For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power.”—Philippians 4:13
“I mwẹ ẹtin ne I ya ye egbe miẹn emwi hia vbe ekpa ẹtin ne [Osanobua] rhie mẹ.”—Filipai 4:13
Why was Samson so strong?
Vbọsiẹ ne Samsin na gha re ọmwa nọ wegbe?
What happened to Samson when he told Delilah why he was so strong?
Vbọ sunu dae Samsin vbe ọ ghi tama e Delila emwi nọ ya irẹn wegbe?