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17 So she kept on crying in front of him for the entire seven days of the wedding party. On the seventh day he told the solution[a] to her because she nagged him, and then she told the solution to[b] the riddle to her relatives.

18 Then the men of the city answered him just before sunset on the seventh day:

“What is sweeter than honey?
    What are stronger than lions?”

Samson[c] responded,

“If you hadn’t plowed with my heifer,
    you wouldn’t have solved my riddle.”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, killed 30 men, took their belongings, and gave the garments to those who had told him the solution to[d] the riddle. He remained furious, left for his father’s house,

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  1. Judges 14:17 Lit. it
  2. Judges 14:17 The Heb. lacks the solution to
  3. Judges 14:18 Lit. He
  4. Judges 14:19 The Heb. lacks the solution to
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