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.

Read full chapter
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Bible Gateway Recommends

The Story Bible, NIV
The Story Bible, NIV
Retail: $19.99
Our Price: $5.00
Save: $14.99 (75%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
NIV, The Jesus Bible, Hardcover
NIV, The Jesus Bible, Hardcover
Retail: $44.99
Our Price: $17.99
Save: $27.00 (60%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NIV Super-Giant Print Reference Bible--soft leather-look, brown
NIV Super-Giant Print Reference Bible--soft leather-look, brown
Retail: $49.99
Our Price: $27.49
Save: $22.50 (45%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
NIV Devotional Bible for Men--hardcover, jacketed printed
NIV Devotional Bible for Men--hardcover, jacketed printed
Retail: $34.99
Our Price: $14.99
Save: $20.00 (57%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
The Beginner's Bible
The Beginner's Bible
Retail: $18.99
Our Price: $7.99
Save: $11.00 (58%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort  Print
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print
Retail: $54.99
Our Price: $30.49
Save: $24.50 (45%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars

Bible Gateway Sponsors