Samson1 went down to Timnah2 and saw there a young Philistine woman.
When he returned, he said to his father and mother, "I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife."33
His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people?4 Must you go to the uncircumcised5 Philistines to get a wife?6" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me."
(His parents did not know that this was from the LORD,7 who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines;8 for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)95
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.
The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power10 so that he tore the lion apart11 with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.
Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.
Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion's carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey,
which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion's carcass.
Now his father went down to see the woman. And Samson made a feast12 there, as was customary for bridegrooms.
When he appeared, he was given thirty companions.
"Let me tell you a riddle,13" Samson said to them. "If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast,14 I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.1513
If you can't tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes." "Tell us your riddle," they said. "Let's hear it."
He replied, "Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet."16 For three days they could not give the answer.
On the fourtha day, they said to Samson's wife, "Coax17 your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father's household to death.18 Did you invite us here to rob us?"
Then Samson's wife threw herself on him, sobbing, "You hate me! You don't really love me.19 You've given my people a riddle, but you haven't told me the answer." "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother," he replied, "so why should I explain it to you?"