v 13 He submitted passively into the hands of the philistines being assured that he would not be executed at the hand of his captors John 18:31.

v 12 Samson was the saviour or Yah's salvation to Israel Eze 39:8; Isa 42:13.

v14 We may say that Samson was 'a man of God approved among you by miracles and wonders and signs'. (Acts 2:22).

 The casting away of the cords. Ps 2:3 

v 15 The jawbone of an ass, an apparently poor weapon 'out of weakness made strong' Heb 11:34;. Is not a jawbone similar in shape to a sickle (Rev 14:15): Isa 41:15; Jer 51:20

v 18 He made supplication and was heard Heb 5:7, Isa 41:17-18

Ch 16: 30 '' Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not'' (John 11:50)

12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

All Judah was in abject fear of the Philistines-so much so that they came to bind Samson, their God-given judge, to deliver him to the Philistines to appease them for the sake of shameful peace.

Samson permitted himself to be bound and delivered. The clear meaning surely is that he permitted himself to be bound and delivered in faith that the Spirit of God would come upon him when needed v14.

Bro Growcott - Strength and weakness