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to kill us, he would not have received a Burnt-offering and a Meat-offering at our Hands, neither would he have shewed us all these Things, nor would as at this time have toid us such Things as there.
24 And the Woman bare a Son, and called his Name Samson : and the Child grew, and the LORD BLESSED him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at Times in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Ethtaol.
CHA P. XIV. 1 Samson desireth a Wife of the Philistines : 5 In his Journey
he Killeth a Lion: 1o His Marriage-feast, 12 and Riddle: 19 He spoileth thirty Philistines : 20 His Wife is married to another.
Ver. I AND Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a
A Woman in Timnath, of the Daughters of the Philistines.
2 And he came up and told his Father, and his Mother, and said, I have seen a Woman in Timnath of the Daughters of the Philistines : now therefore get her for me to Wife.
3. Then his Father and Mother said unto him, Is there never a Woman among the Daughters of thy Brethren, or among all my People, that thou goeft to take a Wife of the uncircumcised Philistines ? and Samson said unto his Father, Get her for me, for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his Father and his Mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an Occasion against the Philiftines : for at that time the Philistines had Dominion over Israel.
5 Then went Samson down, and his Father, and his Mother, to Timnath, and came to the Vineyards of Timnath : and behold, a young Lion rored against him,
6 And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a Kid, and he had nothing in his Hand: but he told not his Father or his Mother what he had done.
7 And he went down, and talked with the Woman, and The pleased Samson well.
& And after a time, he returned to take her, and he turn ed aside to see the Carcase of the Lion : and behold, there
was a Swarm of Bees, and Honey in the Carcase of the Lion.
9 And he took thereof in his Hands, and went on eating, and came to his Father and Mother, and he gave them, and they did eat : but he told not them that he had taken the Honey out of the Carcase of the Lion.
10 So his Father went down unto the Woman, and Samson made there a Feast : for so used the young Men to do.
11 And it came to pass when they saw him, that they brought thirty Companions to be with him.
12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a Riddle unto you: if you can certainly declare it me within seven Days of the Feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty Sheets, and thirty Change of Garments.
13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty Sheets, and thirty Change of Garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy Riddle, that we may hear it.
14. And he said unto them, Out of the Eater came forth Meat, and out of the Strong came forth Sweetness. And they could not in three Days expound the Riddle,
15 And it came to pass on the seventh Day, that they said unto Samson's Wife, Entice thy Husband, that he may declare unto us the Riddle, lest we burn thee and thy Father's House with Fire : have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so ?
16 And Samson’s Wife wept before him, and said, Thou doft but hate me, and lovest me not : thou hast put forth a Riddle unto the Children of my People, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my Father nor my Mother, and shall I tell it thee?
17 And she wept before him the seven Days, while their Feast lasted : and it came to pass on the seventh Day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him : and she told the Riddle to the Children of her People.
18. And the Men of the City said unto him on the seventh Day before the Sun went down, What is sweeter than Honey? and what is stronger than a Lion ? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my Heifer, yę had not found out my Riddle.
19 And the SPIRIT of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and flew thirty Men of them, and took their Spoil, and gave Change of Garments unto them which expounded the Riddle : and his Anger was kindled, and he went up to his Father's House.
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20 But Samson's Wife was given to his Companion, whom he had used as his Friend.
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CH A P. XV. Samson is denied his Wife : 3 He burneth the Philiplines Corn with Foxes and Firebrands : 6 His Wife and her Father are burnt by the Philistines : 7 He (miteth them Hip and Thigh : 9 He is bound by the Men of Judah, and deli
vered to the Philistines: 14 He killeth them with a Jaw-bone, Ver. 8 AND Samson (mote the Philistines Hip and Thigh
A with a great Slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the Top of the Rock Etam.
9 Then the Philistines went up and pitched in Judah.
10 And the Men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
11 Then three thousand Men of Judah went to the Top of the Rock Etam, and said to Samien, Knou cít thou not that the Philistines are Rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.
12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the Hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
13 And they spake unto him, saying, No: but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their Hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new Cords, and brought him up from the Rock
14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the SPIRIT of the LORD came MIGHTILY upon him, and the Cords that were upon his Arms, became as Flax that was burnt with Fire, and his Bands loosed from off his Hands.
15 And he found a new Jaw-bone of an Ass, and put forth his Hand and took it, and flew a thousand Men therewith.
16 And Samson said, With the Jaw of an Ass, Heaps upon Heaps, with the Jaw-bone of an Ass, have I flain a thousand Men.
17 And it came to pass when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the Jaw-bone out of his Hand, and called that Placę Ramath-lchi,
18 And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and faid, Thou hast given this great Deliverance into the Hand of thy Servant : and now shall I die for Thirst, and fall into the Hand of the Uncircumcised?
19 But God clave an hollow Place that was in the Jaw, and there came Water thereout; and when he had drank, his Spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the Name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi, unto this Day.
20 And he judged Israel in the Days of the Philistines twenty Years.
C H A P. XVI. i Samson carrieth away the Gates of Gaza. 4 Delilah cor
rupted by the Philistines, enticeth him, 15 and overcometh him : 21 The Philistines put out his Eyes : :22 The manner of his Death.
Ver. 1 THEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an
1 Harlot, and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compafled him in, and laid wait for him all Night in the Gate of the City, and were quiet all the Night, saying, In the Morning when it is Day, we shall kill him.
3 And Samson lay till Midnight, and arose at Midnight, and took the Doors of the Gate of the City, and the two Posts, and went away with them, Bar and all, and put them upon his Shoulders, and carried them up to the Top of an · Hill that is before Hebron.
4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a Woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose Name was Delilah.
5 And the Lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great Strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to amfiet him : and we will give Thee every onė of us eleyen hundred pieces of Silver. ?
6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great Strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.
7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green Withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another Man.
8 Then the Lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green Withs which had not been dried, and the bound him with them.
9 (Now there were Men lying in wait, abiding with her in the Chamber) And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the Withs, as a Thread of Tow is broken when it toucheth the Fire : fo his Strength was not known.
10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me Lyes : now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.
11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new Ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another Man.
12 Delilah therefore took new Ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. (And there were Liers in wait abiding in the Chamber) And he brake them from off his Arms like a Thread.
13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me Lyes : tell me wherewith thou mightest he bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven Locks of my Head with the Web. '14 And she fastned it with a Pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his Sleep, and went away with the Pin of the Beam, and with the Web.
15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine Heart is not with me? Thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great Strength lieth.
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her Words, and urged him, so that his Soul was vexed unto Death ;
17 That he told her all his Heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a Razor on mine Head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my Mother's Womb : if I be shaven, then my Strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like another Man.
18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his Heart, the sent and called for the Lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his Heart. Then the Lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought Money in their Hands.