Judges 14:12-18

12And Samson said to them, a  “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within b  the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty c  changes of clothes, 13but if you cannot tell me what it is, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Put your riddle, that we may hear it.” 14And he said to them,

“Out of the eater came something to eat.
Out of the strong came something sweet.”

And in three days they could not solve the riddle.

15On the fourth
Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew seventh
day they said to Samson’s wife, e  Entice your husband to tell us what the riddle is, f  lest we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?”
16And Samson’s wife wept over him and said, g  “You only hate me; you do not love me. You have put a riddle to my people, and you have not told me what it is.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?” 17She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her, because h  she pressed him hard. Then she told the riddle to her people. 18And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

“What is sweeter than honey?
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.”
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