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 Judges 14:1 - 15:20
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   Book of Judges
   Chapter 14  - Click for Chapter Audio
14:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.
 
14:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
14:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
14:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked F225 good to Samson.
 
14:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this.
 
14:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.
 
14:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
"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."
 
14:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
14:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
14:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
14:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
14:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
But Samson's wife was given R307 to his companion who had been his friend. F230
 
   Chapter 15  - Click for Chapter Audio
15:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
But after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, Samson visited his wife with R308 a young goat, and said, "I will go in to my wife in her room." But her father did not let him enter.
 
15:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Her father said, "I really thought that you hated her intensely; so I gave R309 her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more F231 beautiful than she? Please let her be yours instead." F232
 
15:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Samson then said to them, "This time I shall be blameless in regard to the Philistines when I do them harm."
 
15:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned the foxes tail to tail and put one torch in the middle between two tails.
 
15:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When he had set fire to the torches, he released the F233 foxes into the standing grain of the Philistines, thus burning up both the shocks and the standing grain, along with the vineyards and groves.
 
15:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then the Philistines said, "Who did this?" And they said, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he F234 took his wife and gave her to his companion." So the Philistines came up and burned R310 her and her father with fire.
 
15:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit."
 
15:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
He struck them ruthlessly F235 with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
 
15:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then the Philistines went up and camped in Judah, and spread out in Lehi.
 
15:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" And they said, "We have come up to bind Samson in order to do to him as he did to us."
 
15:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, "Do you not know that R311 the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so I have done to them."
 
15:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They said to him, "We have come down to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not kill F236 me."
 
15:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
So they said to him, F237 "No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands; yet surely we will not kill you." Then they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.
 
15:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the R312 Spirit of the LORD came F238 upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped F239 from his hands.
 
15:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached F240 out and took it and killed F241 a R313 thousand men with it.
 
15:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps F242 upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed F243 a thousand men."
 
15:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place Ramath-lehi. F244
 
15:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then he became very thirsty, and he called R314 to the LORD and said, "You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, and now shall F245 I die of thirst and F246 fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"
 
15:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his R315 strength F247 returned and he revived. Therefore he named it En-hakkore, F248 which is in Lehi to this day.
 
15:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
So he R316 judged Israel twenty years in the R317 days of the Philistines.
 

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; Heb seventh
F229 Lit rushed upon
F230 Or best man
F231 Lit better
F232 Lit instead of her
F233 Lit them
F234 I.e. the Timnite
F235 Lit leg on thigh
F236 Lit fall upon me yourselves
F237 Lit him, saying
F238 Lit rushed upon
F239 Lit were melted
F240 Lit stretched out his hand
F241 Lit smote
F242 Lit Heap, two heaps; Heb is same root as donkey
F243 Lit smitten
F244 I.e. the high place of the jawbone
F245 Or I shall...uncircumcised
F246 Or or
F247 Lit spirit
F248 I.e. the spring of him who called

 

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
R308 Genesis 38:17
R309 Judges 14:20
R310 Judges 14:15
R311 Leviticus 26:25; Deuteronomy 28:43f; Judges 13:1; 14:4; Psalms 106:40-42
R312 Judges 14:19; 1 Samuel 11:6
R313 Leviticus 26:8; Joshua 23:10
R314 Judges 16:28
R315 Isaiah 40:29
R316 Judges 16:31; Hebrews 11:32
R317 Judges 13:1

 
 

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