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?”(A)

Samson said to them,

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

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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.

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18 So the men of the city said to 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 to them:

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

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For hardship does not spring from the soil,
    nor does trouble sprout from the ground.(A)

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Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;

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For affliction does not come from the dust,
Nor does trouble spring from the ground;

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35 They conceive trouble(A) and give birth to evil;(B)
    their womb fashions deceit.”

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35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

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35 (A)They conceive trouble and bring forth futility;
Their womb prepares deceit.”

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14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth(A) to disillusionment.

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14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

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14 (A)Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.

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No one calls for justice;(A)
    no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely(B) on empty arguments, they utter lies;(C)
    they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.(D)

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None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

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No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in (A)empty words and speak lies;
(B)They conceive [a]evil and bring forth iniquity.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 59:4 trouble
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