Chapter 14
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Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a man in Timnah of the sons of the Philistines.
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She came up, and told her mother and her father, and said, I have seen a man in Timnah of the sons of the Philistines: now therefore get him for me as husband.
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Then her mother and her father said to her, Is there never a man among the sons of your sisters, or among all my people, that you go to take a husband of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to her mother, Get him for me; for he pleases me well.
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But her mother and her father didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for she sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
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Then went Samson down, and her mother and her father, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and behold, a young lion roared against her.
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The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on her, and she tore her as she would have torn a kid; and she had nothing in her hand: but she didn't tell her mother or her father what she had done.
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She went down, and talked with the man, and he pleased Samson well.
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After a while she returned to take him; and she turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.
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She took it into her hands, and went on, eating as she went; and she came to her mother and father, and gave to them, and they ate: but she didn't tell them that she had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.
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Her mother went down to the man: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young women to do.
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It happened, when they saw her, that they brought thirty companions to be with her.
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Samson said to them, Let me now put forth a riddle to you: if you can declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;
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but if you can't declare it to me, then shall you give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. They said to her, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.
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She said to them, Out of the eater came forth food. Out of the strong came forth sweetness. They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.
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It happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's husband, Entice your wife, that she may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your mother's house with fire: have you called us to impoverish us? is it not so?
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Samson's husband wept before her, 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 haven't told it me. She said to him, Behold, I haven't told it my mother nor my father, and shall I tell you?
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He wept before her the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it happened on the seventh day, that she told him, because he pressed her sore; and he told the riddle to the children of his people.
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The women of the city said to her on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? She said to them, If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have found out my riddle.
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The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on her, and she went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty women of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothing to those who declared the riddle. Her anger was kindled, and she went up to her mother's house.
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But Samson's husband was given to her companion, whom she had used as her friend.