"Hallelujah" contains a mix of Biblical themes. The first stanza mentions (King) David by name, and the first three lines of the second seem to refer to one of King David's stories (II Samuel 11). The fourth line, I believe, switches to a story of Samson (Judges 16), and the fifth has elements of both David and Samson in it (Samson was a judge, and never had a throne; "she cut your hair" is definitely Samson). The final line of the stanza reads "and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah."

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

I assume that the final line of the stanza refers to Samson; however, I'm not sure what Samson has to do with "Hallelujah." Using a Bible search engine, I could not find an instance where Samson's name (שמשון) appeared with the word "Hallelujah" (הללויה). I could not either find the name שמשון in Psalms (although it's possible that one or more Psalms are attributed to Samson; I don't know Psalms or the commentaries on it well enough to say). There's certainly nothing in the story of Delilah with the word "Hallelujah."

The word does not appear in II Samuel 11 (nor, actually, in the entire book).

So, my questions are:

  1. Who are the subject and object in the final line of the stanza? Is it Bathsheba and David, or Delilah and Samson?
  2. What is the reference made by that line?

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It's yet another context switch. It doesn't directly continue on from the Samson story.

It doesn't seem to connect to any specific Biblical story; there are non-biblical images in the stanza ("she tied you to a kitchen chair"). Rather, it's an emotional invocation: she has coaxed the speaker to an ecstatic state.

The word "hallelujah" appears most prominently in the Psalms, nominally written by King David. It means "praise God", and is most associated in English as an exclamation used when one is overwhelmed with joy.

Together with the other stanzas, it illustrates a rocky relationship with both extreme lows (exemplified here by Samson's defeat, as well as the evocative but non-biblical image of a broken throne[1]) and the extreme highs accompanied by an exclamation of "Hallelujah!"

[1] The broken throne may hint at the story of the succession of David by Solomon, his son with Bathsheba, rather than by primogeniture of his eldest son.


The "Hallelujah" from Samson refers to his thankfulness that God restored his strength when his hair grew back, enabling him to push in the columns of the temple of the Philistines. He had been chained to these columns, had his eyes put out and ridiculed continually after having lost his strength due to his hair being cut by Delilah. She had seduced him into divulging the secret of his remarkable strength. The columns caved in and the temple fell, killing everyone, including Samson. He was thankful God restored his strength (as his hair grew back out), forgiving him of his shortcomings, and he was able to carry out God's will and received victory over his enemies before he died. Redemption, obedience and Faith are the lessons we learn here.


I have a cynical view on this verse: The man is entranced/captivated by the woman (line 3 above); and even as she is ruining him (line 4 and especially line 5), he ends up thanking her (line 6). So sounds like an abusive-dependent relationship. Later in the song he does get angry, but to no avail ("all I ever learned from love is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you").

  • Do you have any textual evidence to back this up? Expanding your answer with an edit beyond a simple assertion of your view would dramatically improve it.
    – bobble
    Commented Feb 27, 2021 at 3:47
  • Looking at this again, I'm not sure what your specific answer to what "and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah" means is.
    – bobble
    Commented Mar 6, 2021 at 20:10
  • I'm not sure about the Biblical meaning, but in everyday use Hallelujah is an expression of thanks/relief/joy. When something good (esp. unexpected) happens people say Hallelujah. So when the woman is taking away his power (breaking his throne) and taking away his strength (cutting his hair, ala Samson) he nonetheless thanks her.
    – Daniel
    Commented Mar 9, 2021 at 5:08
  • I'm still not sure what your specific answer is. Are you saying "Hallelujah" is used in the "everyday" meaning? Do you have back-up for why that meaning would apply to this specific song? Also, important clarifications should be edited into the answer, not left in comments.
    – bobble
    Commented Mar 9, 2021 at 5:11
  • I know it's not a language forum section but can anyone give me a leg-up and tell me if "draw" in this context means... To evoke as a response; elicit: a performance that drew jeers from the audience. ? Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 0:28

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