King James Version
1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the
daughters of the Philistines.
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 therefore get her for me to wife.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there 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
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD,
that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time
the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath,
and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion
roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the LORD 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.
7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased
8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to
see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees
and honey in the carcase of the lion.
9 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
10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a
feast; for so used the young men to do.
11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty
companions to be with him.
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 change of garments:
13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put
forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
14 And he said unto 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.
15 And it came to pass 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?
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
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?
17 And she wept before him the 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
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, If ye had not plowed with my
heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down 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 father's house.
20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Matthew Henry Bible Commentary -
3. John Wesley's Notes on the
Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/judges/wesley/judgesintro.htm