Judges Chapter 14

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Judges 14

1And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

2And 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.

3Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

4But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

5Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

6And 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.

7And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

8And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

9And 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.

10So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

11And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

12And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:

13But 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.

14And 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.

15And 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?

16And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost 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?

17And 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.

18And 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, ye had not found out my riddle.

19And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew 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.

20But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

20 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 14

  1. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

    And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: Matt 12:25 KJV

  2. Treachery from within!!

    We all know the story of Samson. How his wife “led him around by the nose”. Is love blind? No. He knew he had been betrayed. “If ye had not plowed with my heifer”, he knew; yet he continued to give her information until his ultimate demise. What would the legacy of Samson be had he chosen not to divulge his secrets to his wife? Could he have been greater?

    Husbands, Wives, safe guard things that are discussed in privacy. While certain topics might make good topic for gossip at the water cooler, they are not for public notice. Trust is a very hard thing to develop between a husband and wife. Throwing tidbits of information that was not intended for public awareness destroys that trust or faith one has with their spouse.

    Be careful men when angered by your spouse. While they may deserve a nick-name from whatever deed that has occurred; we should never call our wives cows (heifers)!!

  3. iEat The Word for Breakfast

    God Will Use You, Even if You Have a Weakness

    (Judges 14:4) But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

    God could never contradict His Word. The scriptures are very clear in stating (Deuteronomy 7:3) Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

    (Deuteronomy 7:4) For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

    God used Samson despite his weakness. Just because God used him, didn’t mean He approved everything about him.

  4. THE SOURCE OF POWER

    19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew 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.

    Too often man is haven credit and takes credit for the mighty and even the miraculous acts of GOD. However as we well know “all POWER in heaven and in earth belong to Jesus”, however he has made this same POWER available to us on an “as needed” basis.

    How?

    Through the gift of the Holy Ghost!

    Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

    Be FILLED today with the Holy Ghost and be POWERFUL for JESUS in all that we do.

    iPray
    iWork

  5. Flirting with the enemy.

    3Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

    Honor thy Father and Mother… In the spiritual side we flirt often with the enemy. By looking,listening,and talking about things that are not of God. We often think,” It’s just one time, I’m strong enough to withstand that.” When in reality we sre spiritual weak. Samson was strong because of what God had allowed, but when he statred to flirt with the enemy this is where all his troubles statred.

  6. It’s been said,” An Idle mind is the devil’s playground.”
    When we put GOD’S Kingdom first . We won’t be careless with our prayer time,eating the word and running around with the wrong crowd.
    A relationship with JESUS will make us strong when tempted.

    The first words we hear from Samson
    are ” I saw a woman”. v1
    v3,7. “The Philistine woman” looks good”
    Samson’s focus was off track
    Keep our eyes on JESUS don’t let the devil
    rob your spiritual vision and power of the Holy Ghost .He would love to enslave us again.

    We have GOD’S Blessing a appointed mission

  7. 8. And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned 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.

    The sweet taste of victory…if he had not completely destroyed the lion, not only could it have “come back to bite him,” but he wouldn’t have had the honey for himself and his family. We have to completely put down the things that come against us , and not let them rise up again.

  8. iEat the Word for Lunch

    Just did a little study on Samson…Hopefully when I get home from church i can blog a little on this subject…There is alot here, but not a lot of time to weite it now.

  9. Samson’s parents tried to get him to take a wife of their own people but the philistine woman he chose.pleased him well and in the end betrayed him

  10. iEat The Word for Supper

    (Proverbs 7:26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

    When we choose with our eyes instead of our faith, we are in trouble.

    1And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

    Lot “lifted up his eyes” and chose the well watered fields near Sodom.

    We should always walk by faith and not by sight.

  11. The role of the wife is very important! We have so much influence in our husbands lives. The woman was taken from the rib. The Rib serves the body by supporting and protecting the major organs like the heart, lungs and liver ect. As wives we must become the helpmeet our husbands need by protecting his heart and soul with prayer , honor, reverence and a positive, encouraging voice.

    Proverbs 12:4 An excellent[a] wife is the crown of her husband,
    But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.

  12. V4
    We need to honor our parents and respect there love and guidence. I’m thankful for the authority in my life that has the boldness to tell me when I’m not seeing clearly.

  13. This chapter illustrates impatient. Samson was carnal he wanted and did not care if it was the will of God or not (2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”). We all must learn to pray and not making hasty decisions, regardless of what it is. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  14. Sampson’s riddle is beyond his opponent’s ability to figure out. So they resort to deception. Instead of acting fairly to figure out the riddle they cheat and seek Sampson’s new wife, or “heifer”. They “plow” with her; and they threaten her and her families life. Instead of warning Sampson or even consulting him for what to do. She buckles and pesters Sampson using deciet herself with crocidle tears “If you loved me, you would tell me.” vs16 until he gives in and tells her the solution to his riddle.
    Sampson was overcome by the Holy Spirit in response to the deception of his new wife and opponents with “burning” anger vs19. He kills 30 of their countrymen in order to get the sets of clothing he now owes, and in doing so he brings about God’s judgment against the Phillistines. It seems to be a rather controlled way for God to punish the Phillistines, however, God’s purpose will be fulfiled, in spite of Sampson’s foolishness… or ours.

  15. Marrying the Enemy
    vs1-4

    God has commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with the nations that surround them (Dt 7:3-4). He knows that within marriage the influences of these pagan cultures will dilute the worship of the true God. So why does Judges 14:4 include this “aside”: “His parents didn’t know that this was from the Lord”. Did God actually want Sampson to break God’s own commandments? Of course not. But the Lord uses Sampson’s weakness to bring about his own good purpose: the punishment of the Philistines, who are oppressing the Israelites. Sampson’s early story is just more manifestation of an amazing God who is willing to use all of us- our good intentions and our courageous acts as well as our disobedience and waywardness- to accomplish his great purposes.

  16. Although Samson was a mighty man and used of God to destroy the Phillistines, he was not obedient to his faith nor his parents, and eventually his carnality destroyed him. What greater works could God have done through this young man had he truly waited upon God.

  17. Verse 3 in the MSG reads….”His parents said to him, “Isn’t there a woman among the girls in the neighborhood of our people? Do you have to go get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” It is so important to pray/seek the Lord for you and your future.

  18. 19And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew 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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