Judges 14 ©
1 Samson desireth to take one of the daughters of the Philistines to wife. 5 In his journey to Timnath he killeth a lion. 8 In a second journey thither he findeth honey in the lion's carcase. 10 Samson's marriage feast. 12 His riddle, which his wife prevaileth upon him to unfold to her, and she discovereth to the guests. 19 He slayeth thirty Philistines, and giveth their spoil to those who had expounded his riddle; he leaveth his wife in anger, who is given to another.
AND Samson went down to aTimnath, and bsaw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of dthy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the euncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for 1she pleaseth me well.
But his father and his mother knew not that it was fof the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines ghad dominion over Israel.
iAnd the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he jrent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: kbut he told not his father or his mother what he had done.
And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
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.
And it came to pass, when they nsaw him, that they brought othirty companions to be with him.
¶And Samson said unto them, I will now pput forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly *declare it me within the qseven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty 3sheets and thirty rchange of garments:
And he said unto them, tOut of the eater came forth *meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And uthey could not in three days expound the riddle.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, vEntice thy husband, that he may *declare unto us the riddle, wlest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us 5to take that we have? is it not so ?
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.
¶And the aSpirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to bAshkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their 7spoil, 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.