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17 She cried during the whole seven days the feast was going on. So on the seventh day he finally told her the answer to the riddle. That’s because she kept on asking him to tell her. Then she explained the riddle to her people.

18 Before sunset on the seventh day of the feast the men of the town spoke to Samson. They said,

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

Samson said to them,

“You have plowed with my young cow.
    If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t have known the answer to my riddle.”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on Samson. He went down to Ashkelon. He struck down 30 of their men. He took everything they had with them. And he gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Samson was very angry as he returned to his father’s home.

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