“That we may bind him to humble him” (v5). The Philistines were only successful at capturing Samson because he had allowed himself to be bound by the cords of sin. Samson visited prostitutes, fed his anger regularly, and pursued Delilah, who was in the pay of his enemies. No man could conquer Samson; he surrendered to sinful pride and thus lost his God-given strength (v20). Yet in the end, when a defeated Samson called out one more time to the Lord, God listened (v28).
“I shall become weak and be like any other man” (v17). We are equally susceptible to sin and in need of grace. God loves us enough to break our chains, forgive us, and give us new life.