Judges 14

1 Samson desires a wife of the Philistines.

6 In his journey he kills a lion.

8 In a second journey he finds honey in the carcase.

10 Samson's marriage feast.

12 His riddle by his wife is made known.

19 He spoils thirty Philistines.

20 His wife is married to another.


Ge 38:12,13; Jos 15:10; 19:43


Ge 6:2; 34:1,2; 2Sa 11:2; Job 31:1; Ps 119:37; 1Jo 2:16

get her.

Ge 21:21; 24:2,3; 34:4; 38:6; 2Ki 14:9

thy brethren.

Ge 13:8; 21:3,4,27


15:18; Ge 34:14; Ex 34:12-16; De 7:2,3; 1Sa 14:6; 17:26,36; 31:4

2Sa 1:20

she pleaseth me well. Heb. she is right in mine eyes.

it was of the Lord.That is, God permitted it, that it might be a means of bringing about the deliverance of Israel. Such marriages were forbidden to the Israelites, to keep them separate from the idolatrous nations.

Jos 11:20; 1Ki 12:15; 2Ki 6:33; 2Ch 10:15; 22:7; 25:20; Ps 115:3

had dominion.

13:1; 15:11; De 28:48

against him. Heb. in meeting him.


the Spirit.

3:10; 11:29; 13:25; 1Sa 11:6

rent him.Now it is not intimated that he did this by his own natural strength; but by the supernatural strength communicated by the Spirit of the Lord coming mightily upon him; which strength was not at his own command, but was, by the will of God, attached to his hair and nazarate.

15:8,15; 16:30; 1Sa 17:34-37,46; Zec 4:6; 1Jo 3:8

he told.

Isa 42:2; Mt 11:29


to take her.

Ge 29:21; Mt 1:20

a swarm.It is probable, that the flesh had been entirely consumed off the bones, which had become dry; and the body having been throw into some private place, (for Samson turned aside to visit it,) a swarm of bees had formed their combs in the cavity of the dry ribs, or region of the thorax; nor was it a more improper place than a hollow rock.

1Sa 14:25-30; Pr 25:15

made there.

Ge 29:22; Es 1:7-22; Ec 10:19; Mt 22:2-4; Joh 2:9; Re 19:9

saw him.

1Sa 10:23; 16:6


Mt 9:15; Joh 3:29

a riddle.

1Ki 10:1; Ps 49:4; Pr 1:6; Eze 17:2; 20:49; Mt 13:13,34; Lu 14:7

Joh 16:29; 1Co 13:12; *marg:

the seven.

Ge 29:27,28; 2Ch 7:8

sheets. or, shirts.This will receive illustration from Mr. Jackson's description of the Moorish dress:--"It resembles that of the ancient patriarchs, as represented in paintings; (but the paintings are taken from Asiatic models:) that of the men consists of a red cap and turban, a ({kumja}) shirt, which hangs outside of the drawers, and comes below the knee; a ({caftan}) coat, which buttons close before, and down to the bottom with large open sleeves; over which, when they go out of doors, they throw carelessly, and sometimes elegantly, a {hayk,} or garment of white cotton, silk, or wool, five or six yards long, and five feet wide. The Arabs often dispense with the {caftan,} and even with the shirt, wearing nothing but the {hayk.}"

Mt 27:28; Mr 14:51,52


Ge 45:22; 2Ki 5:5,22; Mt 6:19; Jas 5:2


Out of the eater.

Ge 3:15; De 8:15,16; 1Ki 17:6; 2Ch 20:2,25; Isa 53:10-12; Ro 5:3-5

Ro 8:37; 2Co 4:17; 12:9,10; Php 1:12-20; Heb 2:14,15; 12:10,11

Jas 1:2-4; 1Pe 2:24

they could.

Pr 24:7; Mt 13:11; Ac 8:31

on the seventh day.The LXX. reads "on the fourth day;" with which the Syriac and Arabic agree. This, as Dr. Wall observes, is certainly right; for it appears from ver. 17, that she wept the remainder of the seven days; for which there could have been no time, if they did not threaten her till the seventh.


16:5; Ge 3:1-6; Pr 1:11; 5:3; 6:26; Mic 7:5

lest we burn.

12:1; 15:6

take that we have. Heb. possess us, or, impoverish us.

Thou dost.


I have not.

Ge 2:24

the seven, or, the rest of the seven days. she lay.

16:6,13,16; Ge 3:6; Job 2:9; Pr 7:21; Lu 11:8; 18:4,5

and she told.

Pr 2:16,17


the Spirit.

6; 3:10; 13:25; 15:14; 1Sa 11:6

spoil. or, apparel.

given to.


his friend.

Ps 55:12,13; Jer 9:5; Mic 7:5; Mt 26:49,50; Joh 3:29; 13:18
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