Part of the life of a judge called Samson. Despite his weakness for the opposite sex he is used by God to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of the Philistines.
Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”
They said to him, “Tell us your riddle, that we may hear it.”
“Out of the eater came out food.
Out of the strong came out sweetness.”
They couldn’t in three days declare the riddle.
He said to her, “Behold, I haven’t told my father or my mother, so why should I tell you?”
He said to them,
“If you hadn’t ploughed with my heifer,
you wouldn’t have found out my riddle.”
1. What didn't Samson’s parents know about Samson wanting a Philistine wife?
v 4 But his father and his mother didn’t know that it was of the LORD; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines ruled over Israel.
2. What did the LORD's Spirit help Samson to do?
v 5 and 6 Then Samson went down to Timnah ... a young lion roared at him. The LORD’s Spirit came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a young goat with his bare hands ...
and v 19 The LORD’s Spirit came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck thirty men of them ...
3. What happened to Samson's wife?
v 20 But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his friend.
- v 1 to 4 Samson tells his parents he wants a Philistine wife. They resist, not realising that it's in the LORD's purpose
- v 5 to 9 Samson kills a young lion and later finds a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass
- v 10 to 14 At Samson’s wedding feast, he poses a riddle to his 30 companions offering 30 sets of clothes if they can solve it
- v 15 to 20 They threaten his wife and persuade her to find out the answer from Samson. He kills 30 men of Ashkelon and takes their clothes. He goes home angry and his wife is given to another