Judges 14:4

Overview - Judges 14
Samson desires a wife of the Philistines.
In his journey he kills a lion.
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.
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Judges 14:4  (King James Version)
But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

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.
Joshua 11:20 ; 1 Kings 12:15 ; 2 Kings 6:33 ; 2 Chronicles 10:15 ; 22:7 25:20 Psalms 115:3

had dominion
13:1 15:11 Deuteronomy 28:48