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(dih li' lah) Personal name meaning, “with long hair hanging down.” A woman from the valley of Sorek who was loved by Samson (Judges 16:4 ). She was probably a Philistine. She enticed Samson into revealing to her that the secret of his great strength lay in his hair, which had never been cut. Then, she betrayed him to the Philistines. While he slept, she had his head shaved, and he was captured, blinded, and bound by the Philistines. See Samson ; Judges.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Delilah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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