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17 But she cried to him for the rest of the seven-day feast.[a] Finally on the seventh day he told her, because she kept nagging him. Then she explained the riddle to the Philistine young men.

18 So the men of the town said to Samson on the seventh day, just before the sun went down:

What is sweeter than honey,

and what is stronger than a lion?

But he said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck down thirty men from there. Then he took the clothing that he stripped off them and gave the clothing to the men who had solved the riddle. He was burning with anger as he went back to his father’s house.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 14:17 The Hebrew word indicates that the feast was a drinking party.

17 She cried the whole seven days(A) of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.

18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,

“What is sweeter than honey?
    What is stronger than a lion?”(B)

Samson said to them,

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
    you would not have solved my riddle.”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him.(C) He went down to Ashkelon,(D) struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger,(E) he returned to his father’s home.

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