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Judges 14

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 1 Now Samson went down to Timnath and saw a woman at Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

 2 And he came up and told his father and his mother, saying, "I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore get her for me as a wife."

 3 Then his father and his mother said to him, "Is there not a suitable woman among the daughters of your kinsmen or among all my people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she pleases me well."

 4 However, his father and his mother did not know that this was from the LORD, and that He sought an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

 5 Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnath and came to the vineyards of Timnath. And behold, a young lion roared against him.

 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he tore the lion apart as he would have torn a kid though he had nothing in his hands; but he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.

 8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.

 9 So he took some of the honey in his hands and went along eating. And he came to his father and mother and gave them some, and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.

 10 Then his father went down to the woman, and Samson gave a feast there, for the young men customarily did so.

 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

 12 And Samson said to them, "I will now put forth a riddle to you; if you can tell me what it means within the seven days of the feast, then I will give you thirty linen undergarments and thirty change of clothing.

 13 But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen undergarments and thirty change of clothing." And they said to him, "Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it."

 14 Then he said to them, "Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness." And they could not solve the riddle in three days.

 15 So on the forth day, they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your husband, that he may explain the riddle, or else we will burn you and your father's household with fire. Did you not invite to the feast only to take what we have? Is this not so?"

 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, "You only hate me! You do not love me! You have put forth a riddle to the children of my people and have not told the answer." And he said to her, "Behold, I have not explained it to my father or my mother, so should I explain it to you?"

 17 Now she wept before him the seven days their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her because she pressed his greatly. Then she told the riddle to the children of her people.

 18 So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have not solved my riddle."

 19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and slew thirty men of them and took their apparel as plunder, and gave the change of garments to those who explained the riddle. And his anger was kindled [against his wife], and he went back to his father's house.

 20 So [her father] gave Samson's wife to his companion, who had been his friend.


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