New Defender's Study Bible Notes
13:25 move him at times. Samson’s incredible strength was more than the natural strength that the strongest of men could develop in their own bodies. The “Spirit of the LORD” came on him “at times,” giving him supernatural strength, enabling him gradually to deliver Israel practically single-handedly from the Philistines. Three times scripture records the Lord’s spirit coming upon Samson (Judges 14:6; 14:19; 15:14), but it is implied for his other exploits as well. His final feat of superhuman strength, pulling down the temple of Dagon and thereby slaying over three thousand of the Philistine leaders and their people, came in answer to his final prayer to God (Judges 16:28). His right to call upon God like this in these times of great need was contingent upon his obedience to his Nazaritic vows, specifically never to cut his hair (Judges 16:17; Numbers 6:5). In some ways, he was a man given to fleshly lust, but he was always a man of strong faith, so characterized in Scripture (Hebrews 11:32).