1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of
2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, I have seen a woman in Timnah
of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.
3 Then his father and mother said to him, Is there no woman among the daughters of your
brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised
Philistines? And Samson said to his father, Get her for me, for she is pleasing to my eyes.
4 But his father and mother did not know that it was of Jehovah, that He was seeking an
occasion against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
5 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards
of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came roaring toward him.
6 And the Spirit of Jehovah rushed upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would
have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his
father or his mother what he had done.
7 Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she was pleasing in the eyes of
8 After some days, when he returned to take her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the
lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion.
9 And he took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. And when he came to his
father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that
he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
10 So his father went down to the woman. And Samson gave a feast there, for young
men usually did this.
11 And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with
12 And Samson said to them, Let me propound a riddle to you. If you expound to declare
it to me within the seven days of the feast, then I will give you thirty linen garments and
thirty changes of clothing.
13 But if you are not able to declare it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments
and thirty changes of clothing. And they said to him, Propound your riddle, that we may
14 And he said to them: Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came
forth sweetness. And for three days they were not able to expound the riddle.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your
husband, that he may expound the riddle to us, or else we will burn you and your father's
house with fire. Have you invited us in order to make us poor? Is that not so?
16 Then Samson's wife wept before him, and said, You only hate me! You do not love
me! You have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, but you have not explained it
to me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not expounded it to my father or my mother; so
should I declare it to you?
17 And she wept before him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it happened on
the seventh day that he told her, because she pressed him so much. And she declared the
riddle to the sons of her people.
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 you
had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle!
19 And the Spirit of Jehovah rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck
thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had
declared the riddle; thus his anger burned. And he went up to his father's house.
20 And Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.