He replied, "Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet."1 For three days they could not give the answer.
On the fourtha day, they said to Samson's wife, "Coax2 your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father's household to death.3 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.4 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?"
She cried the whole seven days5 of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.
Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?"6 Samson said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle."
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power.7 He went down to Ashkelon,8 struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of their belongings and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger,9 he went up to his father's house.