Samson desireth a wife of the Philistines.
Judges 14:1 And Samson goeth down to Timnath, and seeth a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines, Judges 14:2 and cometh up and declareth to his father, and to his mother, and saith, 'A woman I have seen in Timnath, of the daughters of the Philistines; and now, take her for me for a wife.' Judges 14:3 And his father saith to himalso his mother, 'Is there not among the daughters of thy brethren, and among all my people, a woman, that thou art going to take a woman from the uncircumcised Philistines?' and Samson saith unto his father, 'Take her for me, for she is right in mine eyes.' Judges 14:4 And his father and his mother have not known that from Jehovah it [is], that a meeting he is seeking of the Philistines; and at that time the Philistines are ruling over Israel.
In his journey he killeth a lion.
Judges 14:5 And Samson goeth downalso his father and his mother, to Timnath, and they come unto the vineyards of Timnath, and lo, a lion's whelp roareth at meeting him, Judges 14:6 and the Spirit of Jehovah prospereth over him, and he rendeth it as the rending of a kid, and there is nothing in his hand, and he hath not declared to his father and to his mother that which he hath done. Judges 14:7 And he goeth down and speaketh to the woman, and she is right in the eyes of Samson;
In a second journey he findeth honey in the carcase.
Judges 14:8 and he turneth back after [some] days to take her, and turneth aside to see the carcase of the lion, and lo, a company of bees [are] in the body of the lionand honey. Judges 14:9 And he taketh it down on to his hands, and goeth on, going and eating; and he goeth unto his father, and unto his mother, and giveth to them, and they eat, and he hath not declared to them that from the body of the lion he took down the honey.
Samson's marriage feast.
Judges 14:10 And his father goeth down unto the woman, and Samson maketh there a banquet, for so the young men do; Judges 14:11 and it cometh to pass when they see him, that they take thirty companions, and they are with him.
His riddle by his wife is made known.
Judges 14:12 And Samson saith to them, 'Let me, I pray you, put forth to you a riddle; if ye certainly declare it to me [in] the seven days of the banquet, and have found [it] out, then I have given to you thirty linen shirts, and thirty changes of garments; Judges 14:13 and if ye are not able to declare [it] to me, then ye have given to me thirty linen shirts, and thirty changes of garments.' And they say to him, 'Put forth thy riddle, and we hear it!' Judges 14:14 And he saith to them: 'Out of the eater came forth meat, And out of the strong came forth sweetness;' and they were not able to declare the riddle [in] three days. Judges 14:15 And it cometh to pass, on the seventh day, that they say to Samson's wife, 'Entice thy husband, that he declare to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and the house of thy father with fire; to possess us have ye called for us? is it not?' Judges 14:16 And Samson's wife weepeth for it, and saith, 'Thou hast only hated me, and hast not loved me; the riddle thou hast put forth to the sons of my peopleand to me thou hast not declared it;' and he saith to her, 'Lo, to my father and to my mother I have not declared [it]and to thee I declare [it]!' Judges 14:17 And she weepeth for it the seven days [in] which their banquet hath been, and it cometh to pass on the seventh day that he declareth [it] to her, for she hath distressed him; and she declareth the riddle to the sons of her people. Judges 14:18 And the men of the city say to him on the seventh day, before the sun goeth in:'What [is] sweeter than honey? And what stronger than a lion?' And he saith to them: 'Unless ye had ploughed with my heifer, Ye had not found out my riddle.'
He spoileth thirty Philistines.
Judges 14:19 And the Spirit of Jehovah prospereth over him, and he goeth down to Ashkelon, and smiteth of them thirty men, and taketh their armour, and giveth the changes to those declaring the riddle; and his anger burneth, and he goeth up to the house of his father;
His wife is married to another.
Judges 14:20 and Samson's wife becometh his companion's, who [is] his friend.