Judges 14:4

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that hee sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion ouer Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But his father and his mother knew not that it was of Jehovah; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now his father and mother had no knowledge that this was the purpose of the Lord, who had the destruction of the Philistines in mind. Now the Philistines at that time were ruling over Israel.
- Basic English Bible

And his father and his mother did not know that it was of Jehovah, that he was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

But his father and his mother didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
- World English Bible

And his father and his mother have not known that from Jehovah it [is], that a meeting he is seeking of the Philistines; and at that time the Philistines are ruling over Israel.
- Youngs Literal Bible

But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Judges 14

  • Daniel Boek
    To understand Judges 14
    Read John 4: 32, Judges 14: 5 -18, Rev 10: 10, Isaiah 30: 17, Matt 21:5:

    I hold meat to be eaten that you have not perceived.
    The truth is both stronger than a lion and sweeter than honey
    It is both sweet to say and can be hard to swallow
    The truth can kill or it only stings a little
    Turning death to life like mourning with a fiddle.
  • Anthony Sims for verse 9
    Samson was a Nazerene. Eating the honey from the carcass of the lion he killed earlier was a sin. Nazerene men were not allow to consume unclean food or drink. Samson opened the floodgates of hell by eating honey. This is much more than a story about a haircut and slaying philistines and chasing women. I was once a meth addict, now I am healed. It 's not only the meth I must stay away from, but I must be AWARE of the sweet honey satan tempts me with. The devil uses the smallest of sins to lead us back down the road to destruction. Also reference Proverbs ch. 5. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus heals! Jesus saves! Jesus loves! Hallelujah!
  • Balsrang Marak for verse 18
    Love is sweeter than honey and stronger than lion
  • Lwandile for verse 9
    That lion which Samson collected honey from wanted to kill him but the revealation of this scripture is that what seem a battle today will be a blessing tomorrow.
  • Charlie frank
    it seems to me, that if you are a child of Israel you can kill people who are not children of Israel this seems to be the common thread through out the old testament. why don 't they have to follow gods commandments, but everybody else have to follow them?
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 19
    This is not crazy, for the LORD God had put it in the heart of Sampson to kill the Philistines. This is not murder, for Israel is at war with the Philistines. Sampson's manifest destiny is to begin to deliver the children of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Yet Sampson did compromise on his vow, for he was not to come near a dead body, and this compromise lead him to other compromises that ultimately caused him to lose his power. In the end Sampson killed more Philistines in his death, than he did in his life. This story is a lesson to us not to compromise with sin, and to live a holy life separated to God, and his people. We must stay in fellowship with the Father so that we will have power to overcome the enemy.

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