Judges 14:11

11 When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.

Read Judges 14:11 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
As soon as the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.
When the bride’s parents saw him, they selected thirty young men from the town to be his companions.

What does Judges 14:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 14:11

And it came to pass; when they saw him
That is, the Philistines, the citizens of Timnath, when they saw that he was come to consummate his marriage:

that they brought thirty companions to be with him;
to be the bridegroom's men, or children of the bridechamber, as they are called, ( Matthew 9:15 ) or friends of the bridegroom, ( John 3:29 ) to keep him company during the nuptial feast: this they did according to custom, and in honour and respect unto him; though some think, and so Josephus {l}, that they were brought to be guards upon him, observing that he was a man of great might, strength, and courage, so that they were afraid of him, lest he should have some design upon them; but it is not certain that there was anything very visible or terrible in him, more than in another man, that showed him to be of extraordinary courage and strength, since it was but at times the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and as yet he had done nothing to their knowledge which showed him to be such; had they indeed known of his encounter with the lion, they might have had such thoughts of him, but this they knew nothing of.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 8. sect. 6.)
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