24 So the woman bore a son and called his name (A)Samson; and (B)the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 (C)And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at [a]Mahaneh Dan (D)between Zorah and (E)Eshtaol.

Samson’s Philistine Wife

14 Now Samson went down (F)to Timnah, and (G)saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, (H)get her for me as a wife.”

Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of (I)your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the (J)uncircumcised Philistines?”

And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for [b]she pleases me well.”

But his father and mother did not know that it was (K)of the Lord—that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time (L)the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah.

Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And (M)the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.


  1. Judges 13:25 Lit. Camp of Dan, Judg. 18:12
  2. Judges 14:3 Lit. she is right in my eyes

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