Samson sees a Philistine woman who pleases him well
And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw
a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
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.
(14:1-3) The first thing the Bible tells us about Samson is this:
Samson ... saw a woman ... of the daughters of the Philistines ... And
Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
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 well.
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.
(14:4) Now Samson's parents were a bit troubled by this, since they knew how crazy God
gets when an Israelite even thinks about marrying a non-Israelite. But they didn't know that Samson's lust for the
Philistine woman was "of the Lord." It was all a part of God's plan for killing Philistines.
(14:4) But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion
against the Philistines.
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.
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.
(14:5-6) Samson was on his way to visit his new Philistine girlfriend when
"the Spirit of the Lord came mightily" upon him, and he ripped up a young lion.
Behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him,
and he rent him as he would have rent a kid.
The Philistine woman pleased Samson well
And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
(14:7-9) When he arrived at his Philistine girlfriend's place, "she pleased Samson well."
Samson collects "honey" from a lion's carcass
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.
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.
(14:8-9) When Samson returned home, he saw the carcass of the lion (that he had previoiusly killed)
covered with bees and filled with honey. Samson ate some of it. He liked it so much that he took a few handfuls
home to feed to his parents. (He didn't tell them where it came from.)
"The swarm of bees in the lion's carcass ... were nothing but so-called drone flies,
Eristalis tenax, hoverflies disguised as bees. It was these drone flies that Samson saw."
The Fly Trap,
Fredrik Sjoberg, p.114.
So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for
so used the young men to do.
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty
companions to be with him.
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:
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.
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
(14:10-14) Samson had a week-long party for party for the Philistine friends of the women who pleased him well.
At the party, Samson told a riddle. Whoever can figure it out before the week of partying is over will get 30
sheets and 30 garments. But whoever can't will have to give Samuel 30 sheets and 30 garments.
Here's the riddle:
Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.
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?
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?
(14:15) Samson's party buddies took the riddle seriously. They tell Samson's new Philistine wife to tell them the
answer to the riddle or they'll burn her house down.
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 her people.
(14:1-17) After crying in front of Samson for seven days, she finally got
the answer from Samson, and she told the guys at the party.
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
(14:18) So Samson didn't get his 30 sets of sheets and garments, and he was pissed off about it.
He said if they hadn't of "plowed with his heifer" they'd have never found out the riddle.
Samson kills 30 men for their clothes
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
(14:19) Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, and he killed 30 men at random,
took their clothes, and gave it to the guys at the party as a prize for guessing his riddle. (Samson might have
been a decent person if he could have kept the spirit of the Lord off him.)
DWB: 55. The spirit of the Lord came upon Samson
and he murdered thirty men for their clothes
(14:19) And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon,
and slew thirty men ... and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle.
Samson's Philistine wife is given to his best man
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his
(14:20) Then after all that, Samson's wife was given to the best man.
(14:20) But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.