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Samson’s strength

14:1 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
14:2 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 take her for me as a wife.
14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, [Is there] never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines ? And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.
14:4 But his father and his mother didn’t know that it [was] of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines for at that time the Philistines were ruling in Israel.
14:5 Then went Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath and, behold, a young lion was roaring toward him.
14:6 And the Spirit of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a kid, and [he had] nothing in his hand but he didn’t tell his father or his mother what he had done.
14:7 And he went down, and talked with the woman ; and she pleased Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
well.
14:8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion and, look, [there was] a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.
14:9 And he took it in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat but he didn’t tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.

Samson’s feast and riddle


14:10 So his father went down to the woman and Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
made there a feast ; for so used the young men to do.
14:11 And it so happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
14:12 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
said to them, I will now put out a riddle to you if ya’ll 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 clothes
14:13 But if ya’ll cannot declare [it] me, then shall ya’ll give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.
14:14 And he said to 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.
14:15 And it so happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
‘s wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, unless we burn ya’ll and your father’s house with fire have ya’ll called us to take that we hast? [is it] not [so]?
14:16 And Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
‘s wife wept before him, and said, You do but hate me, and don’t love me you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and have not told [it] me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not told [it] my father nor my mother, and shall I tell [it] you?
14:17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted and it so happened 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.
14:18 And 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 ya’ll had not plowed with my heifer, ya’ll had not found out my riddle.

Philistines slain


14:19 And the Spirit of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
came on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and killed thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments to them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.
14:20 But Samsonשִׁמְשׁוֹן
Šīmšōn “man of the sun” For more info click here
‘s wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had befriended.

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