Bible Cartoon: Judges 16 - Samson - Scene 22 - Samson in Temple

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Bible Book: Judges
Bible Book Code: 0701602301
Scene no: 3 of 3

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Judges 16:23-30 (ANIV)
23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.”
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”
27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “O Sovereign Lord, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
29 Then Samson reached towards the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led [1] Israel for twenty years.

Traditionally, judged.


Indeterminate – day time.

Difused light, coming from the left.

Samson & many Philistines


The temple was in the town/city of Gaza, on the coast of Palestine.

I looked in Thompson/WORDsearch 8 & on internet for references to Dagon, the god of the Philistines. He is described as half woman (or man) & half fish. I have drawn a type of mermaid creature as the green breaking statue on the left-hand side of this cartoon.

Other reference suggests that the temple was on 2 levels, such that Samson was able to push over the 2 main support pillars & bring it down. That makes for a dramatic scene, so I elected to illustrate that.

Samson’s strength returned at the end of the story, hence he has broken his chains in this cartoon. The cloth about his eyes is my device to showing he had been blinded by the Philistines.

Bible Doctrine Notes
16:23-24 HISTORY, God (3.36A)

God’s actions in history may not be obvious or evident. People may claim control of history, either for themselves or behalf of their god(s). But the long run of history shows that only the one true God controls it.

16:28 PRAYER, Petition (5.54D)
After breaking his vows and losing his strength, Samson returned to the Lord. God heard his self-sacrificing prayer and restored his supernatural strength one last time. Samson proves that a person does not have to be perfect to pray to God, and that God listens to the prayers of repentant people.