Secrets are to be kept!
The story of Samson is so sad. Why he told the secret of his strength to Deliah has no explanation considering the fact that he knew he was being set up.
4And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
6And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.
7And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
8Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
9Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.
10And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.
From the above account, Samson must have known that this woman was setting him up.
16And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
17That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
The end of the story is very sad.
It was obvious that this woman pressurized him to tell her the secret. While pressure can be forceful, was it worth him telling her the secret? No. It cost him his life.
Secrets are to be kept.
If anyone tells you something in confidence, it should be kept.
Proverbs 25: 9Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Samson paid a very heavy price for revealing his secret. And while we may not have such a cost on us, the moral behind this is a secret should remain a secret.
We need to be faithful to the Lord and to others at all times.