But his father and mother said to him, “Can’t you find[a] a young woman among your relatives or among any of our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines for a wife?”

But Samson told his father, “Get her for me, because I want her.”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 14:3 Lit Is there not
  2. Judges 14:3 Lit because she is right in my eyes

the Philistines summoned the priests and the diviners(A) and pleaded, “What should we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we can send it back to its place.”

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Ahaziah(A) had fallen through the latticed window of his upper room in Samaria(B) and was injured. So he sent messengers instructing them: “Go inquire of Baal-zebub,[a](C) the god of Ekron,(D) if I will recover from this injury.”(E)

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite,(F) “Go and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria(G) and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not get up from your sickbed—you will certainly die.’” Then Elijah left.

The messengers returned to the king, who asked them, “Why have you come back?”

They replied, “A man came to meet us and said, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and declare to him: This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you’re sending these men to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore, you will not get up from your sickbed—you will certainly die.’”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 1:2 = Lord of the Flies

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