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When Samson came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men.

(Judges 15:14-15)


"One man with God is always in the majority." - John Knox
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Kero33 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Student Photographer
i really Like it . God Bless u . 
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DRYeisleyCreations Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously if they can have  movies about Hercules, Theseus, and Beowulf, why can't they make a film about the Bible's strong man?
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Yenk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They have. Cecil B. DeMille, who made the Classic The Ten Commandments in 1956 also made Samson $ Delilah in 1949 with a few of the same cast and Victor Mature, Angela Lansbury and Hedy Lamarr. There have been a couple attempts to make Samson films again, but with Bible movies, if you ain't got am Epic budget for the Epic story, it comes out as sub-par
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Because his weakness is freaking stupid!
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DRYeisleyCreations Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's no worse than Achilles...
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Achilles was dipped in the River Styx by the heel. All the mortality went down there.


Better than having all his power in his hair, which can easily be cut
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DRYeisleyCreations Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, but Samson's strength grew back with his hair, and he sacrificed himself by collapsing a whole building in on his captors. Achilles got hit by the luckiest arrow shot in the world in the middle of a battle and he died from it.
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
All Achilles needs is a strong pair of boots. Samson has his weakness so long you can pluck it out
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DRYeisleyCreations Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Samson was still stronger than Achilles, and he helped saved his people from captivity.
Achilles played part in the destruction of Troy...
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Samson was a barbarian that killed over a riddle. Achilles was a hero and a skilled warrior. Something like hair is easy to grab onto if long and can be pulled out or cut off. Samson is an idiot and won't think to go for a heel!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
They've done a few, just none that have been very good. I don't think those other guys have had a really great one to their names either though.
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miguelangelyate1986 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Good jod! congratulations,  Blessings. And i ask you if i could use yours images in order to preach or share the Good Word in the social networking?
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Please, don't
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van4christ Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
wow!
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donwhitt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it a lot. Reminds me of Conan or Tarzan of the colorized comic era.
His is brilliant stuff. One of the things I may attempt is a skinny version of Samson with long hair. A Bible Scholar/ professor I had once asked me the question...what if Samson's strength was because of His hair. Yet also, this was the Holy Spirit. So, Could Samson not have been the Type A persona, Tarzan body builder we have perceived him to be? I just thought that was an interesting question. I disagree. However I like the thought behind it.
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Yenk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, when he brought down the Philistine Temple, he had to pray to be empowered. His hair had grown back after Delilah had it shaved, but it doesn't say he got strong again at that point - only when he prayed. His hair was just a custom the Israelites had when certain ones were in a life of Dedicated Service to God - that's why he's called a 'Nazirite' - it means 'Dedicated' in Hebrew. Prophet Samuel was a Nazirite, so was John The Baptizer. They would have all never cut their hair, among other observances.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner May 13, 2014

The fact that Samson’s strength was supernatural caused this professor to speculate that he might have been physically unimpressive? Eh, possible but not likely. The Philistine temple excavated at Tell Qasile was supported by two cedar pillars that were spaced almost 10 feet apart. Even if the pillars of the Gaza temple were a little closer together, a man who could simultaneously place a hand on each of them would have to be pretty big.

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donwhitt Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good point. I love looking at all different viewpoints of the Bible in history. Of course, I wasn't there. What do I know.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if one does not believe in what the Bible says, one must admit that the Bible is a cornucopia of Sci-fi, Fantasy and even Horror elements. Demons, dragons, giants, mosters the Bible has them all. Just like other people have already said I would love to see a game based on tales like Samson's or Noah's. Maybe even a Shadow of the Collosus game for Jesus. Plus, Samson was the original Manly Man.
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Ha! Samson is just a depowered, more hateful version of Heracles.
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Coelophysis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Writer
The writers at cracked.com suggested that "jawbone of a donkey" may have been a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for "minigun". 
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God of War, Asura's Wrath, Dante's Inferno.
If religions can have video games, why not Samson's Fury?
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Asura, Kratos and Dante were good men trying to beat bad gods. Samson is a bad man serving under a bad god.
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't call Kratos a good man.

But point taken on Samson being a bad man.  And a small clarification without a religious argument,  we have a God watching over bad people, and He punishes bad people with terrible desires (lust, cannibal, murder, greed, etc.).  And also, He listens to His creations.  They did not want Him, so he allows Himself to be removed from their presence.  Which is what is happening today as well.  God loves His creations that He is willing to listen to their wants and needs.
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Kratos was tricked into killing his family and punished for something that wasn't his fault. I point to chains of Olympus where he didn't want his daughter to die again, so he sacrificed his LAST CHANCE to be with her and became the monster he was for so long, just to save her. That is a hero in my opinion: someone who will give into the darkness for others to survive.

Really, he listens to his creations?! Is that why children die from starvation, disease, parasites and more, despite any and all prayer? Samson was the transgressor in the story against the Philistines, who were made out to be "evil" only because The Bible says so.
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People die from starvation, disease, parasites, war, and more because they did not want God in their daily lives.  And so, in response, He said, "Alright, fine.  If you guys truly need me, I will be here, waiting to answer."  Did they pray and ask of Him?  No.  The people pushed Him out of their lives, because He was not welcomed.  With that, He was willing to stand back because He made them with Free Will.  If He intervenes every single thing, then in turn, that intervenes Free Will.

Also, in history point of view, the Philistines were seen as "evil" was not simply the Bible says so.  No, far from it.  The Bible said that the Philistines conquered Israel, turned them into slaves, women into prostitutes, or in some factions of the Philistines, sacrificed the Israelite to their gods (which includes throwing live babies unto a bronze bowl, which is cooked from a fire beneath, thus making the bowl emitting babies' howling screams.  Some have cannibalism, which is an act against humanity in general.  And raping others is considered a ritual in some Philistines sections).  The Bible didn't just "say so."  It was Truth before, it is Truth now, and it shall be Truth tomorrow.

Any other points I could clarify for you?  I don't mind talking about the Bible or my faith in general.
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Dude, it's happening in freaking Uganda, one of the most Christian places in the world! There are kids out there who pray for a freaking sandwich and still starve. And yet God just sits back while people suffer, get mugged, rapped, killed, any and all combination of the last three, against their will. Plus he had no problem telling other people in the past what to do. Moses, Abraham and more!
Plus he created EVERYTHING, so everything is his fault. Then explain those that were never told about God. He'd forsake them because they was never told about him? That makes it worse!
If God is good, then why have things like natural disasters that serve no purpose other than destruction?

How is that any different from other races? Obviously primitive societies with stronger forces and fear "the other" will fight and conquer. Any and all information I found about the Philistines being "evil" are all Bible related. Any and all claims you make can simply be chalked up to any and all excuse the Israelites can have: Their Gods demanded it.
But you want a clear understanding of how evil? Look no further than the story of Moses! Decades his people suffered, sent one guy to do magic tricks, one would be enough except God HARDENED THE HEART OF THE PHARAOH! He was working both sides of the conflict so he can show off!
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I began to realize I've made a mistake on making any sort of correction, when I remember that the internet often gives backlashes on everything.

We also remember that the Jews were heavily persecuted in the holocaust, and yet, after the war, the Jews finally have a country to live in.

God has plan for everything, even the bad things.  Because, through the bad things, something good would come out of it.  Poor Job of the Old Testament receives many bad things, and yet, he received more than what he had before.

As for the destruction of everything, it was punishment for disobedience.  And the Bible often warn the readers to not do immoral actions because the result will happen.  Kill a man, an avenger will hunt after you.  Sleep with many people, either your penis falls off or you get terrible diseases.  Persecute one country, a bigger ally will crush you.  Reason why many things are due to consequences. With that, we are facing the consequences set to us by Adam and Eve, the first humans.  We were deemed unworthy to even try to enter Heaven, but God sends His Son to fulfill the Sacrifice.

So, as you mentioned, Uganda has faced many trials, but by the end, they may become even better than what they were before.  And for us, what can we learn from it?  Why does one world wage war against another?  Ideals?  Wealth?  Alliance?  For the Israelite's case, their enemies wanted to conquer them and kill them all, as many others before them.  To extinguish their enemies, then Israel would not have faced against slavery. 

There are people who are prideful, and they may faced trials which humiliate them.  Then they have a choice, shall they be humbled?  Or do they want to continue in vanity and receive nothing.

And honestly, even for us Christians, we still do not understand God.  And the Bible repeatedly state,"Who is God's counsel?"  I have seen one comment that rings quite true.  When Jesus fed the 4,000 people, they came back the next day, but Jesus sends them away.  Why?  The first time, it was desperation, but the next?  They just want free stuff.  We are to work with the sweat on our brow.

Why are there diseases?  We may find the cure.
Why are there hunger?  We became aware and help them (There many organizations that does that, but they only do so much)
Why are there rapped children or women?  We became aware and make a campaign to end it.
Why are there war?  Either they attacked one another and it became a show of force. (Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima)

God is not vain.  And as vague as it may sound, we do not understand Him.  We do know that there is a deceiver, named Satan or Lucifer.  He was the first to betray God, and in turn, he tricked Adam and Eve into temptation, which leads to death.  Before you proclaim that it was irresponsible of God to send Satan to earth in the first place, Satan was not yet in Hell.  He often went to Heaven and back to Earth, as stated in Job.  And perhaps for our sake, Satan, the demons, and the angels are made invisible, otherwise we would be terrified of just the sight of one.  The demons could evil looking appearance, while the angels are just so intimidating, that we would just faint. 

And of course, the worse are yet to come, as stated in Revelation.  All the evil that we do not understand in this world?  Magnify it by infinity.  Christians and Jews alike will be persecuted during the last years.  And the people will make their choice on either God or Satan.

As for the people who either hear or not hear of God, that is why Jesus said, "Go out and make disciple to the end of earth."  That is God's command to save the people.  And yet here we are, "afraid" to even speak because we will be ridiculed and mocked.  And in today's time, no matter poor the country, we have internet, social media, news, etc.  People know everything nowadays. 

So, what can we do as fellow human beings?  We can look back and not repeat the same mistakes.  We look forward and help make a better tomorrow.  That's what God gave us.  To enable us to have a vision to help, encourage, better ourselves.

I tire of debates.  It is rather pointless to state if God is bad or good, for neither of us will understand God's immense knowledge.
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
God is a petty, needy, childish Tyrant. He punishes people for not believing he exists, tortures us for eternity for the sins of the original humans, allows his "chosen people" to become enslaved over and over, would pick someone to test their faith even if it is strong and/or he knows the outcome, he is by far the worst being to ever exist, if he even does.

You can claim he is "beyond our knowledge", but he does do things that are definitely evil. If I were to drown many people, make then suffer through plagues, famines and droughts, kill their first born, burn two cities because every man was a gay rapist, have children be mauled by she-bears, didn't try to save someone who didn't know of my existence or even I'd be considered either insane of freaking evil.

Need more? Lets go back to 300 BC or so and to ancient Greece. The Philosopher Epicurus listed a series of questions that is known as "the problem of evil": "If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to, then He is not omnipotent. If He is able, but not willing, then He is malevolent. If He is both able and willing, when whence cometh evil. If He is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?" That means it is impossible for God to be good and willing to stop evil.

He is omnipotent, that means anything can do is effortless. Why not create a world where evil is just a choice? He is omniscient, so he can tell whether someone is currently good or bad and will become good or bad. There is no reason to "test us" as he has the literal foresight.

God will have us wage war on ourselves and not show up to say there is one true religion, this is it, then it wouldn't be affecting free will, it would be giving a more informed choice. If God himself told the world he existed and Christianity was true, I won't want to go to Heaven and worship him because he does not deserve it!

Explain to me how infinite punishment is befitting for a finite crime, one even so simple as "not believing". That isn't a good thing. Anyone sent to Hell wouldn't learn anything as they are continuously tortured for the next trillion years. Tell me why I'd burn for not being stupid enough to believe, and I quote, a man was stricken with illness, lost all his possessions, animals and children and was in the wrong for challenging God, despite being a loyal follower and tried to remain loyal despite all the pain he went through. News flash, that was Job!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Yeah, I think a game set in the world of ancient Israel has potential. Something like Age of Conan.
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We have plenty of Age of Conan, don't need another.

A loose tale of David the Giant Slayer has potentials.  I even thought about writing it.
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AxelMuller Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your biblical art is amazing .Soli Deo gloria!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I'm inspired to hear it, thanks!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Samson really reminds me of Jason Momoa :D
Incredible work!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
He might be a good choice for the role. Thanks much!
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KStarrLynn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The perspective is great! And the color and anatomy. I love how you can immediately tell what he's about to do. 
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I'm not sure if the viewer can tell what he intends without the text but it's such a famous story (or used to be) that hopefully it's clear enough if they recognize it.
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Starrsco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Samson always reminded me of a good Conan story. You seem to have captured some of that here. Great work.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
It’s difficult for me to picture Samson’s battle at Lehi without thinking of Frazetta’s Conan paintings. In fact, I wonder if Samson wasn’t the inspiration for Frazetta’s long-haired, muscular version of Conan, since he wasn’t described that way in Howard’s stories. Thanks much.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
one heap, two heaps...
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RotkaeppchenGmbh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
wow...this is amazing
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
THX!
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
cool
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KlippenKatze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
You have great skill with a brush! Wow! Awesome work at capturing the dustiness. And I admire your job on the Philistine soldiers and Samson's hair.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks so much! Dust is pretty easy to paint but I think those Philistines need some more work.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the power of Christ, baby!
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Xenomaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Until Zeus rolls in
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DJaked Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The bible has such crazy stories.
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Osssh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! great work. I have a drawing with an idea like yours, but this is best than my work. Really incredible
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like the powerful angle you've positioned Samson.
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