Then Samsonwentdown to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.
So he cameaback and told his father and bmother, "I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines ; now therefore, get her for me as a wife."
Then his father and his mothersaid to him, "Is therenowoman among the daughters of your c1relatives, or among alldour people, that you go to 2take a wife from the uncircumcisedPhilistines ?" But Samsonsaid to his father, "Get her for me, for she elooksgood to me."
However, his father and mother did not know that 3it was of the LORD, for He was seeking an occasionagainst the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
Then Samsonwentdown to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah ; and behold, a younglion came roaringtoward him.
64The Spirit of the LORDfcame upon him mightily, so that 5he tore him as one tears a younggoat though he hadnothing in his hand ; but he did not tell his father or motherwhat he had done.
So he wentdown and talked to the woman ; and she glookedgood to Samson.
When he returnedlater to take her, he turnedaside to look at the carcass of the lion ; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.
So he scrapedhthe honey into his ihands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.
Then his fatherwentdown to the woman ; and Samsonmade a feastthere, for the youngmen customarily didthis.
When they saw him, they broughtthirtycompanions to be with him.
Then Samsonsaid to them, "Let me now6propound a riddle to you; if you will indeedtell it to me within the sevendays of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirtylinenwraps and thirty7changes of clothes.
"But if you are unable to tell me, then you shall give me thirtylinenwraps and thirtychanges of clothes." And they said to him, "Propound your riddle, that we may hear it."
So he said to them, "Out of the eatercamesomething to eat, And out of the strongcamesomethingsweet." But they could not tell the riddle in threedays.
Then it came about on the jfourthday that they said to Samson'swife, "8Entice your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, 9or we will burn you and your father'shouse with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not so?"
16Samson'swifeweptbefore him and said, "10You onlyhate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, and have not told it to me." And he said to her, "Behold, I have not told it to my father or mother ; so should I tell you?"
However she weptbefore him sevendayswhile their feastlasted. And on the seventhday he told her because she pressed him so hard. She then told the riddle to the sons of her people.
So the men of the citysaid to him on the seventhdaybefore the sunwent down, "What is sweeterthanhoney ? And what is strongerthan a lion ?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have found out my riddle."
Then 11the Spirit of the LORDkcame upon him mightily, and he wentdown to Ashkelon and killedthirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his angerburned, and he went up to his father'shouse.
But Samson'swife was 12given to his companionwho had been his lfriend.