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Judges 14
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Samson’s Marriage

14A while later, Samson went down to Timnah and observed a woman in Timnah who was of Philistine origin.H8123H3381H8553H7200H802H8553H1323H6430 2Then he returned and said to his father and mother, "In Timnah I saw a woman of Philistine origin." He ordered them, "Get her for me as a wife. Now!"H5927H5046H1H517H559H7200H802H8553H1323H6430H3947H802 3His father and mother asked him, "Isn't there a woman suitable among the daughters of your relatives or among all of our people, since you're going to get your wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson retorted to his father, "Get her for me, since she looks fine to me."H1H517H559H369H802H1323H251H5971H1980H3947H802H6189H6430H8123H559H1H3947H3474H5869 4Meanwhile, his father and mother did not know that she was from the Lord, because he had been seeking a favorable opportunity concerning the Philistines, since the Philistines were dominating Israel at that time.H1H517H3045H3068H1245H8385H6430H6256H6430H4910H3478 5Then Samson went down in the direction of Timnah with his father and mother and arrived as far as the vineyards of Timnah. And—surprise!—a young lion came roaring at him!H3381H8123H3381H1H517H8553H935H3754H8553H3715H738H7580H7125 6The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he ripped the lion apart as one might dissect a young goat, even though he carried nothing in his hand. But he didn't tell his father and mother what he had done.H7307H3068H6743H8156H8156H1423H3972H3027H5046H1H517H6213 7Then he went down and talked to the woman, and she looked fine to Samson.H3381H1696H802H3474H8123H3474H5869 8When he came back later to marry her, he turned aside to observe the lion's carcass. Amazingly, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, complete with honey.H3117H7725H3947H5493H7200H4658H738H5712H1682H1706H1472H738 9So he scraped some out into his hands and went on his way, eating all the while. When he met his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they ate it, too. But he didn't inform them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.H7287H3709H3212H398H1980H1H517H5414H398H5046H7287H1706H1472H738

Samson’s Riddle

10Later on, when his father went down to visit the woman, Samson threw a party there, since young men customarily did this.H1H3381H802H8123H6213H4960H970H6213 11When they saw him, they brought 30 companions to accompany him.H7200H3947H7970H4828 12"Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can solve it during this week-long feast, I'll give you 30 linen garments and 30 formal garments.H8123H559H2330H2420H5046H5046H7651H3117H4960H4672H5414H7970H5466H7970H2487H899 13But if you don't solve it, then you'll give me 30 linen garments and 30 formal garments." "Tell us your riddle and we'll solve it," they responded.H3201H5046H5414H7970H5466H7970H2487H899H559H2330H2420H8085 14So he said to them: From the eater came something edible; from the strong something sweet. For three days they couldn't solve the riddle.H559H398H3318H3978H5794H3318H4966H3201H7969H3117H5046H2420 15The next day, they told Samson's wife, "Coax your husband to explain the riddle or we'll set fire to your father's house—with you in it! You've invited us here to make us paupers, haven't you?"H7637H3117H559H8123H802H6601H376H5046H2420H8313H1H1004H784H7121H3423 16So Samson's wife cried in front of him and accused him, "You only hate me. You don't love me. You've told a riddle to my relatives, but you haven't told the solution to me." Samson responded, "Look, I haven't told my parents, either. Why should I tell you?"H8123H802H1058H559H8130H157H2330H2420H1121H5971H5046H559H5046H1H517H5046 17So she kept on crying in front of him for the entire seven days of the wedding party. On the seventh day he told the solution to her because she nagged him, and then she told the solution to the riddle to her relatives.H1058H7651H3117H4960H1961H7637H3117H5046H6693H5046H2420H1121H5971 18Then the men of the city answered him just before sunset on the seventh day: "What's sweeter than honey?What's stronger than lions?" Samson responded, "If you hadn't plowed with my heifer you wouldn't have solved my riddle."H582H5892H559H7637H3117H2775H935H4966H1706H5794H738H559H3884H2790H5697H4672H2420 19Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, killed 30 men, took their belongings, and gave the garments to those who had told him the solution to the riddle. He remained furious, left for his father's house,H7307H3068H6743H3381H831H5221H7970H376H3947H2488H5414H2487H5046H2420H639H2734H5927H1H1004 20and Samson's wife went to the best man at his wedding.H8123H802H4828H7462


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