Yet, he is also known for his weakness for women—especially Philistine women.His relationship with Delilah, often portrayed as a sneaky seductress, was his undoing.Throughout the ages, she has been portrayed as a Philistine.
Since there were five Philistine rulers from the five Philistine centres (Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Gath), that’s probably 5500 pieces of silver!
His wife (for all of a week) was a Philistine girl from the town of Timnah (Judges 14.1–2). First, unlike the other two women in Samson’s life, the biblical text never identifies Delilah as a Philistine. It twists and turns westwards, descending down into the foothills (the “Shephelah”).
Samson also visited a prostitute in Gaza, which was one of the five towns of the Philistine ‘Pentapolis’ (Judges 16:1). All it says is that she was “in the Valley of Sorek” (Judges 16:4). At this point, the valley formed the border between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.
But the biblical text makes a particular statement that means Delilah could not have lived by the Sorek stream on the Coastal Plain.
Judges 16:5 tells us that the Philistine leaders “went up” (Heb: ויעלו) to Delilah and paid her to trick Samson into revealing the secret of his strength.
That is, they ascended into the hills in order to reach her.