14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, [Is there] a never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
(a) Though his parents justly reprove him, yet it
appears that this was the secret work of the Lord, (Judges
14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it
[was] of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the b
Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
(b) To fight against them for the deliverance of
14:6 And the Spirit of the
LORD c came mightily upon him, and he
rent him as he would have rent a kid, and [he had] nothing in his hand: but he
told not his father or his mother what he had done.
(c) By which he had strength and boldness.
So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a d
feast; for so used the young men to do.
(d) Meaning when he was married.
14:11 And it came to pass, when e
they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
(e) That is, her parents or friends.
14:12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put
forth a riddle unto you: if ye 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 f
change of garments:
(f) To wear at feasts, or solemn days.
And it came to pass g on the seventh
day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may
declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with
fire: have ye called us to take that we have? [is it] not [so]?
(g) Or as the seventh day drew near, for it was
the fourth day.
14:16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and
said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle
unto the h children of my people, and
hast not told [it] me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told [it] my
father nor my mother, and shall I tell [it] thee?
(h) To those who are of my nation.
14:17 And she wept before him the i
seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass 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.
(i) Or, to the seventh day beginning at the
14:18 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, k
If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
(k) If you had not used the help of my wife.
14:19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him,
and he went down l to Ashkelon, and slew
thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them
which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his
(l) Which was one of the five chief cities of the