Wicked Women of the Bible Week 1: Delilah, A Wicked Girlfriend


Painting: Samson and Delilah, by artist Alexandre Cabanel (1895)

Welcome to Week 1 of the Wicked Women of the Bible study! We are so excited to have you joining us for this study with our teacher, Ann Spangler.

This week we’ll be learning about Delilah, one of the most infamous women of the Bible, known as the deceitful girlfriend of the mighty (and misguided) Samson. Depicted throughout culture in film, literature, and art, their story is an iconic and tragic tale of foolishness and wickedness. Here’s a brief video overview about our six week study together:

Video: What to Expect in this Study

Now back to our characters… Usually when this story is taught in the Church, the focus is on Samson as the man appointed by God whose character was as weak as he was physically strong, who didn’t live according to God’s plan, and who ultimately became a mocked buffoon duped out of his power. This week we have the privilege of digging into the story of Delilah – this intriguing, deceptive, manipulative, seductive woman who was brazen in her betrayal of Samson in a time when “everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25). Doesn’t that just sound like our culture today? Isn’t it fascinating that God included a story like hers in Holy Scripture? Why do you think He did? It makes me ask the question — what can we learn from her story?


This week for your personal or group study:

  1. Read Chapter 7 of Wicked Women of the Bible on Delilah (pages 69-76)
  2. Read Delilah’s story in Judges 13-16.
  3. Enjoy watching the video for Week 1 — provided below.

If you’re stumbling on this blog and haven’t registered for the study, we invite you to sign up here and get your free downloads and weekly study questions. 

Watch the Video: Week 1 ~ Delilah

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Question of the Week

As a rule, women possessed little power in the ancient world in which Delilah’s story unfolds. As often happens in such circumstances, Delilah used manipulation to get her way. How have you been tempted to use manipulation when you’ve felt powerless? Share some of your answers with our community on our blog today. We would love to hear from you what you learned about Delilah!

Ann Spangler

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Women of the Bible (with Jean Syswerda). Her most recent books are The Tender Words of God and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (with Lois Tverberg.) She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Laurie McClure

Laurie is a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, beach lover, and is addicted to radical grace, Perrier, and yoga pants. Here at FaithGateway she is the editor, the leader of Faith.Full, our women's community, and curator of Devotionals Daily.

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