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Samson’s Marriage

1 Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, [one] of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he came Iback and told his father and IImother, “I saw a woman in Timnah, [one] 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 no woman among the daughters of your Iarelatives, or among all IIour people, that you go to btake a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she IIIlooks good to me.” 4 However, his father and mother did not know that ait was of the LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.

[2] ILit up IILit mother, saying,
[3] ILit brothers IILit my IIILit is right in my eyes aGn 24:3, 4 bEx 34:16; Dt 7:3
[4] aJsh 11:20

5 ¶ Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion [came] roaring toward him. 6 aThe Spirit of the LORD Icame upon him mightily, so that bhe tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. 7 So he went down and talked to the woman; and she Ilooked good to Samson. 8 When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion. 9 So he scraped Ithe honey into his IIhands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave [some] to them and they ate [it]; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.

[6] ILit rushed upon aJg 3:10 b1S 17:34-36
[7] ILit was right in Samson’s eyes
[9] ILit it IILit palms

10 ¶ Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this. 11 When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Samson’s Riddle

12 Then Samson said to them, “Let me now apropound a riddle to you; if you will indeed tell it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen wraps and thirty bchanges of clothes. 13 But if you are unable to tell me, then you shall give me thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Propound your riddle, that we may hear it.” 14 So he said to them,
  “Out of the eater came something to eat,
  And out of the strong came something sweet.”
But they could not tell the riddle in three days.

[12] aEzk 17:2 bGn 45:22; 2K 5:22

15 ¶ Then it came about on the Ifourth day that they said to Samson’s wife, “aEntice your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, bor we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not [so]?” 16 Samson’s wife wept before him and said, “aYou only hate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, and have not told [it] to me.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told [it] to my father or mother; so should I tell you?” 17 However she wept before him seven days while their feast lasted. And on the seventh day he told her because she pressed him so hard. She then told the riddle to the sons 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 found out my riddle.”
19 Then athe Spirit of the LORD Icame upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes [of clothes] to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house. 20 But Samson’s wife was a[given] to his companion who had been his Ifriend.

[15] ISo with some ancient versions; Heb seventh aJg 16:5 bJg 15:6
[16] aJg 16:15
[19] ILit rushed upon aJg 3:10; 13:25
[20] IOr best man aJg 15:2


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Samson desireth a wife of the Philistines.

1 ¶ And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. 3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, [Is there] never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. 4 But his father and his mother knew not that it [was] of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

[1] Gn 6:2; 34:1; 38:12; Jsh 15:10; 19:43; 2S 11:2; Jb 31:1; Ps 119:37; 1Jn 2:16.
[2] Gn 21:21; 24:2; 34:4; 38:6; 2K 14:9.
[3] Gn 13:8; 21:3, 27; 34:14; Ex 34:12; Dt 7:2; Jg 15:18; 1S 14:6; 17:26, 36; 31:4; 2S 1:20.
[4] Dt 28:48; Jsh 11:20; Jg 13:1; 15:11; 1K 12:15; 2K 6:33; 2Ch 10:15; 22:7; 25:20; Ps 115:3.

In his journey he killeth a lion.

5 ¶ Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, 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 mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and [he had] nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. 7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

[5] Jg 14:5.
[6] Jg 3:10; 11:29; 13:25; 15:8, 15; 16:30; 1S 11:6; 17:34, 46; Is 42:2; Zc 4:6; Mt 11:29; 1Jn 3:8.

In a second journey he findeth honey in the carcase.

8 ¶ And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, [there was] a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

[8] Gn 29:21; Mt 1:20.
[9] 1S 14:25; Pv 25:15.

Samson's marriage feast.

10 ¶ So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do. 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

[10] Gn 29:22; Es 1:7; Ec 10:19; Mt 22:2; Jn 2:9; Rv 19:9.
[11] 1S 10:23; 16:6; Mt 9:15; Jn 3:29.

His riddle by his wife is made known.

12 ¶ And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: 13 But if ye cannot declare [it] me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. 14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? [is it] not [so]? 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told [it] me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told [it] my father nor my mother, and shall I tell [it] thee? 17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people. 18 And the men of the city said unto 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 unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

[12] Gn 29:27; 45:22; 1K 10:1; 2K 5:5, 22; 2Ch 7:8; Ps 49:4; Pv 1:6; Ezk 17:2; 20:49; Mt 6:19; 13:13, 34; 27:28; Mk 14:51; Lk 14:7; Jn 16:29; 1Co 13:12; Jm 5:2.
[14] Gn 3:15; Dt 8:15; 1K 17:6; 2Ch 20:2, 25; Pv 24:7; Is 53:10; Mt 13:11; Ac 8:31; Ro 5:3; 8:37; 2Co 4:17; 12:9; Php 1:12; He 2:14; 12:10; Jm 1:2; 1P 2:24.
[15] Gn 3:1; Jg 12:1; 14:17; 15:6; 16:5; Pv 1:11; 5:3; 6:26; Mi 7:5.
[16] Gn 2:24; Jg 16:15.
[17] Gn 3:6; Jg 16:6, 13, 16; Jb 2:9; Pv 2:16; 7:21; Lk 11:8; 18:4.

He spoileth thirty Philistines.

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 spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.

[19] Jg 3:10; 13:25; 14:6; 15:14; 1S 11:6.

His wife is married to another.

20 But Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

[20] Jg 15:2; Ps 55:12; Jr 9:5; Mi 7:5; Mt 26:49; Jn 3:29; 13:18.


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