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17 She wept before him the seven days of their feast; and it happened, because she nagged him, on the seventh day he explained it to her, and she told the riddle to her people.[a] 18 The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

“What is sweeter than honey?
    What is stronger than a lion?”

And he said to them,

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

19 And the Spirit of Yahweh rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He killed thirty men from them, and he took their belongings, and he gave festal garments to the ones that explained the riddle. He was angry,[b] and he went up to his father’s house.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 14:17 Literally “the sons/children of her people”
  2. Judges 14:19 Literally “his nose was hot”
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