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Judges 16:23

    Judges 16:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the chiefs of the Philistines came together to make a great offering to Dagon their god, and to be glad; for they said, Our god has given into our hands Samson our hater.

    Webster's Revision

    And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

    World English Bible

    The lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, "Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

    Clarke's Commentary on Judges 16:23

    Unto Dagon their god - Diodorus Siculus describes their god thus:

    Το μεν προσωπον εχει γυναικος, το δ' αλλο σωμα παν ιχθους;

    "It had the head of a woman, but all the rest of the body resembled a fish."

    Dagon was called Dorceto among the heathens. Horace, in the following lines, especially in the third and fourth, seems to have in view the image of Dagon: -

    Humano capiti cervicem pictor equinam

    Pingere si velit; et varias inducere plumas,

    Undique collatis Inembris; ut turpiter atrum

    Desinat in piscem mulier formosa superne;

    Spectatum admissi risum teneatis amici?

    De Art. Poet., V. 1.

    "Suppose a painter to a human head

    Should join a horse's neck; and wildly spread

    The various plumage of the feather'd kind

    O'er limbs of different beasts, absurdly join'd;

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    Barnes' Notes on Judges 16:23

    Dagon was the national idol of the Philistines 1 Chronicles 10:10, so called from Dag, a fish. The description of Dagon, in his temple at Ashdod 1 Samuel 5:4, exactly agrees with the representations of a fish-god on the walls of Khorsabad, on slabs at Kouyunjik, and on sundry antique cylinders and gems. In these the figures vary. Some have a human form down to the waist, with that of a fish below the waist; others have a human head, arms, and legs, growing, as it were, out of a fish's body, and so arranged that the fish's head forms a kind of mitre to the man's head, while the body and fins form a kind of cloak, hanging down behind.

    Wesley's Notes on Judges 16:23

    16:23 Dagon - An idol, whose upper part was like a man, and whose lower part was like a fish: probably one of the sea - gods of the Heathens.