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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 back F219 and told his father and mother, F220 "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 relatives, R296 F221 or among all our F222 people, that you go to take R297 a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she looks F223 good to me." 4 However, his father and mother did not know that it R298 was of the LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.

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 The R299 Spirit of the LORD came F224 upon him mightily, so that he R300 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 looked F225 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 the F226 honey into his hands F227 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.

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 propound R301 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 changes R302 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.

15 Then it came about on the fourth F228 day that they said to Samson's wife, "Entice R303 your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, or R304 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, "You R305 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 the R306 Spirit of the LORD came F229 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 given R307 to his companion who had been his friend. F230


FOOTNOTES:
F219: Lit up
F220: Lit mother, saying,
F221: Lit brothers
F222: Lit my
F223: Lit is right in my eyes
F224: Lit rushed upon
F225: Lit was right in Samson's eyes
F226: Lit it
F227: Lit palms
F228: So with some ancient versions; Hebrew seventh
F229: Lit rushed upon
F230: Or best man

CROSS REFERENCES:
R296: Genesis 24:3,4
R297: Exodus 34:16; Deuteronomy 7:3
R298: Joshua 11:20
R299: Judges 3:10
R300: 1 Samuel 17:34-36
R301: Ezekiel 17:2
R302: Genesis 45:22; 2 Kings 5:22
R303: Judges 16:5
R304: Judges 15:6
R305: Judges 16:15
R306: Judges 3:10; 13:25
R307: Judges 15:2

 
 

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