In the book of Judges Chapter 16 it says: 1And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and came to her. אוַיֵּלֶךְ שִׁמְשׁוֹן עַזָּתָה וַיַּרְא שָׁם אִשָּׁה זוֹנָה וַיָּבֹא אֵלֶיהָ:

When it says he came to her does it mean that he slept with her? And if not then why does it even have to mention that she was a harlot? Or for that matter that "he came to her"

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The Gemoro Sotah 9b says

תחילת קלקולו בעזה דכתיב (שופטים טז, א) וילך שמשון עזתה וירא שם אשה זונה וגו' לפיכך לקה בעזה דכתיב (שופטים טז, כא)) ויורידו אותו עזתה 

The beginning of his destruction occurred in Gaza as it says in Judges 16 (1) “And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and etc.”, therefore he was afflicted in Gaza as it says Judges 16 (21) “and they brought him down to Gaza, (and bound him with fetters of brass;)”.

Rashi on the Gemoro says that the earlier encounter with a woman in Timnah Judges 14 (1) did not involve immorality like this one in Gaza did.

  • How was that the begining of his destruction? Apr 26, 2016 at 18:51
  • Insofar as he sinned. That brought on his destruction. Apr 26, 2016 at 19:10
  • That's an interesting point. So his first woman was totally kosher in that case Apr 27, 2016 at 1:01

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