Judges Chapter 14
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3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?
16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?
17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
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Matthew Henry's Judges Chapter 14 Bible commentary...
Samson desires a wife of the Philistines. (1-4) Samson kills a lion. (5-9) Samson's riddle. (10-20)1-4 As far as Samson's marriage was a common case, it was weak and foolish of him to set his affections upon a daughter of the Philistines. Shall one, not only an Israelite, but a Nazarite, devoted to the Lord, covet to become one with a worshipper of Dagon? It does not appear that he had any reason to think her wise or virtuous, or any way likely to be a help meet for him; but he saw something in her agreeable to his fancy. He that, in the choice of a wife, is only guided by his eye, and governed by his fancy, must afterwards thank himself if he find a Philistine in his arms. Yet it was well done not to proceed till Samson had made his parents acquainted with the matter. Children ought not to marry, nor to move towards it, without the advice and consent of their parents. Samson's parents did well to dissuade him from yoking himself unequally with unbelievers. It seems that it pleased God to leave Samson to follow his own inclinations, intending to bring out good from his conduct; and his parents consented, because he was bent upon it. However, his example is not recorded for us to do likewise.
5-9 By enabling him to kill a lion, God let Samson know what he could do in the strength of the Spirit of the Lord, that he might never be afraid to look the greatest difficulties in the face. He was alone in the vineyards, whither he had rambled. Young people consider not how they exposed themselves to the roaring lion that seeks to devour, when they wander from their prudent, pious parents. Nor do men consider what lions lurk in the vineyards, the vineyards of red wines. Our Lord Jesus having conquered Satan, that roaring lion, believers, like Samson, find honey in the carcass abundant strength and satisfaction, enough for themselves, and for all their friends.
10-20 Samson's riddle literally meant no more than that he had got honey, for food and for pleasure, from the lion, which in its strength and fury was ready to devour him. But the victory of Christ over Satan, by means of his humiliation, agonies, and death, and the exaltation that followed to him, with the glory thence to the Father, and spiritual advantages to his people, seem directly alluded to. And even death, that devouring monster, being robbed of his sting, and stripped of his horror, forwards the soul to the realms of bliss. In these and other senses, out of the eater comes forth meat, and out of the strong, sweetness. Samson's companions obliged his wife to get the explanation from him. A worldly wife, or a worldly friend, is to a godly man as an enemy in the camp, who will watch every opportunity to betray him. No union can be comfortable or lasting, where secrets cannot be intrusted, without danger of being divulged. Satan, in his temptations, could not do us the mischief he does, if he did not plough with the heifer of our corrupt nature. His chief advantage against us arises from his correspondence with our deceitful hearts and inbred lusts. This proved an occasion of weaning Samson from his new relations. It were well for us, if the unkindness we meet with from the world, and our disappointments in it, obliged us by faith and prayer to return to our heavenly Father's house, and to rest there. See how little confidence is to be put in man. Whatever pretence of friendship may be made, a real Philistine will soon be weary of a true Israelite.
Timothy Wayne George's Judges Chapter 14 comment about verse 19 on 11/12/2013, 5:59am...
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.
Louverrna's Judges Chapter 14 comment about verse 1 on 11/11/2013, 11:52am...
Where in judges is it about Adah offering her self to be sacering her self because of the vow that her father made unto the lord that whom ever came from his house when he return from battle.
Tom Brown's Judges Chapter 14 comment about verse 19 on 11/09/2013, 9:28am...
This sounds crazy. So God tells him to murder 30 men for their clothes?
Clint's Judges Chapter 14 comment on 5/19/2013, 11:32am...
jael, wow my man ! just stick to the word of God, too much learning has made your words unlike Gods word ! you sound like a lama or buddhist !
RAYMOND MEMBER's Judges Chapter 14 comment about verse 18 on 2/01/2013, 7:24am...
Judges 14:18. What is sweeter then honey? And what is stronger than a Lion?.. This riddle has been answered. Please, I need to know.
Clint's Judges Chapter 14 comment on 11/25/2012, 12:16pm...
It sounds like you’ve read too many mystical books. Just stick to The Word and God shall reveal its secrets to you!
Jael's Judges Chapter 14 comment on 9/25/2011, 9:37pm...
This chapter reveals the mystic origin of all scripture: it demonstrates clearly the process described in Exodus 3 wherein Moses having refused God's demand to be the Almighty's voice on earth a system of "Chinese whispers" is established instead which completely misses out the metaphysics - the essential level of truth which distinguishes the authentic Word of God from mere literary genius. In this chapter the eternal truth of the image has given way to a concept involving physical violence, carniverous behaviour and a complete absence of self- awareness, all of which are characteristics classified among the negative in true scripture.Editing of the original metaphysics occurs for several reasons (1) ignorance of the editor (2) deliberate distortion or omission for commercial, political, racial, or military reasons (3)psychological inadequacy of the editor who in the presence of superior intellect feels a compulsion to assert his or her own identity. Thus are people denied access to Eternal Truth in the name of personal ego which produces atheism disguised as piety and "responsibility"
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