Judges 14

VIN(i) 1 One day Samson traveled to Timnah. He noticed a young Philistine woman. 2 Then he returned and said to his father and mother, "In Timnah I saw a woman of Philistine origin." He ordered them, "Get her for me as a wife. Now!" 3 But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a wife among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Take her for me because she pleases me." 4 His father and mother did not know that this was from the LORD; he was seeking for an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling in Israel. 5 Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and his mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion roared at him. 6 Suddenly the power of the LORD made Samson strong. He tore the lion apart with his bare hands, as if it were a young goat. But he did not tell his parents what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked to the woman, and she pleased Samson. 8 When he came back later to marry her, he turned aside to observe the lion's carcass. Amazingly, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, complete with honey. 9 He scraped the honey out into his hands and ate it as he walked along. Then he went to his father and mother and gave them some. They ate it, but Samson did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the dead body of a lion. 10 And his father went down to the woman. And Samson made a feast there, for so the young men used to do. 11 When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 Samson said to them, Let me tell you a riddle now. If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. 13 "If you cannot tell me the answer you must give me thirty pieces of fine linen and thirty sets of fine clothes." "Tell us the riddle," they said. 14 So he said to them: From the eater came something edible; from the strong something sweet. For three days they couldn't solve the riddle. 15 On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband to tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you called us here to mock us? 16 Samson's wife wept before him and said, You must hate me, and don't love me. You have given a riddle to my people but you haven't told it me. He said to her, I haven't even told it to my father or my mother; why should I tell you? 17 She wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted; and on the seventh day, he told her, because she pressed him severely; and she told the riddle to the children of her people. 18 And they, on the seventh day before the sun went down, said to him: What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said to them: If you had not ploughed with my heifer, you had not found out my riddle. 19 The Spirit of the LORD came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck thirty men of them and took their belongings and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. His anger was burning, and he went up to his father's house. 20 But Samson's wife was given to the friend who had been his best man.