Samson Takes a Wife from the Philistines1 And Samson went down unto Timnath, and he saw a woman in Timnath from the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he ascended, and reported to his father and to his mother. And he said, [2a woman 1I have seen] in Timnath from the daughters of the Philistines. And now take her to me for wife! 3 And [2said 3to him 1his father], and his mother, Is it that there is not [2of 3the 4daughters 5of your brethren 6and 7among 8all 9my people 1a woman], that you should go to take a wife from the [2Philistines 1uncircumcised]? And Samson said to his father, Take this one for me! for she pleases in my eyes. 4 And his father and his mother did not know that [2from 3the lord 1it is], that [3recompense 1he 2required] of the Philistines. And in that time the Philistines dominated the sons of Israel. 5 And Samson went down, and his father and his mother unto Timnath. And he came to the vineyards of Timnath. And behold, a cub of a lion was roaring in meeting him. 6 And [3straightened 4upon 5him 1spirit 2of the lord], and he tore it apart as a kid of the goats, and nothing was in his hand. And he did not report to his father and to his mother what he did. 7 And they went down and spoke to the woman, and she was pleasing before Samson. 8 And he returned after some days to take her, and he turned aside to behold the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm as of an apiary of bees was in the mouth of the lion, and honey. 9 And he took of it into his mouth, and went forth going and eating. And he went to his father and to his mother, and he gave to them, and they ate, and he did not announce to them that [4from 5the 6manner 7of the 8lion 1he took 2the 3honey]. 10 And [2went down 1his father] to the woman, and [2prepared 3there 1Samson] a banquet for seven days; for thus [3did 1the 2young men]. 11 And it came to pass in their fearing him, that they posted in front to him thirty companions, and they were with him.
Samson's Riddle12 And [2said 3to them 1Samson], I will propound indeed to you a riddle, and if by reporting you should report it to me in the seven days of the banquet, and you should find the solution, I will give to you thirty pieces of fine linen, and thirty robes of clothes. 13 And if you should not be able to report the solution to me, then you shall give to me yourselves thirty pieces of fine linen, and thirty robes of clothes. And they said to him, Propound your riddle, and we shall hear it! 14 And he said to them, From the one eating came forth food, and from the strong came forth sweetness. And they were not able to explain the riddle for three days. 15 And it came to pass in the [2day 1seventh], and they spoke to the wife of Samson, saying, Deceive indeed your husband! and let him explain to you the riddle, lest at any time we should burn you and the house of your father by fire; or [3to make us poor 1did you call 2us]? 16 And [4wept 1the 2wife 3of Samson] to him, and said to him, You detest me, and do not love me, because the riddle which you propounded to the sons of my people, you did not explain even it to me. And [2said 3to her 1Samson], Behold, to my father and to my mother I did not report it, and should I report to you? 17 And she wept upon him for the seven days in which [3was 4to them 1the 2banquet]. And it came to pass on the [2day 1seventh] he explained to her, for she troubled him. And she reported to the sons of her people. 18 And [5said 6to him 1the 2men 3of the 4city] on the [2day 1seventh] before [3going down 1the 2sun], What is sweeter than honey, and what is stronger than a lion? And [2said 3to them 1Samson], Unless you plowed by my heifer, you would not have found my riddle. 19 And [3straightened 4upon 5him 1spirit 2of the lord], and he went down unto Ashkelon, and smote from there thirty men, and took their robes, and gave them to the ones explaining the riddle. And [2was enraged 3in anger 1Samson], and he ascended into the house of his father. 20 And [4lived with 1the 2wife 3of Samson] his groomsman who was his companion.
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