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Dommer 14

Samsons giftermål og gåder

1En dag, da Samson var i byen Timna, lagde han særligt mærke til en af de unge filisterpiger. Da han kom hjem, sagde han til sin far og mor: „Jeg vil giftes med en filisterpige, som jeg så i Timna.” „Er der ikke en eneste pige i vores egen stamme eller i hele Israel, som du kunne tænke dig?” indvendte hans forældre. „Hvorfor vil du absolut giftes med en af disse ugudelige filistre?” Men Samson svarede: „Det er hende, jeg vil have! Du må få fat i hende til mig, far!”

Samsons forældre var ikke klar over, at Herren derigennem ville få anledning til at skabe strid med filistrene, som på det tidspunkt havde magten i Israel.

Da Samson og hans forældre nu var på vej til Timna, sprang en løve frem mod Samson på vinmarken uden for byen. I det samme kom Herrens Ånd over ham og gav ham styrke, så han rev løvens kæber fra hinanden med de bare næver. Det var så let for ham, som havde det været et gedekid. Men han fortalte ikke sine forældre om den overnaturlige styrke. I Timna opsøgte de pigen, og Samson blev forlovet med hende.

Senere vendte Samson og forældrene tilbage til Timna, for det var tid for Samson at blive gift med pigen. Inden han nåede byen, gjorde han en afstikker ind i vinmarken for at se på løvens rådnende krop. Da så han, at en bisværm havde slået sig ned i ådslet og havde produceret honning. Han tog en håndfuld honning med sig, som han spiste undervejs. Han gav også noget af honningen til sine forældre, men han sagde ikke, at den kom fra løvens krop.

10 Mens Samsons far gik hen for at hilse på pigen, gjorde Samson klar til en ugelang bryllupsfest, som det var skik blandt de unge mænd. 11 Byens mænd udvalgte 30 unge filistre, der skulle med som brudesvende. 12 Ved festens begyndelse sagde Samson til dem: „Nu skal jeg fortælle jer en gåde! Hvis I kan løse gåden i løbet af de syv dage, festen varer, skal I hver få en linnedskjorte og et sæt festtøj. 13 Men hvis I ikke kan løse gåden, skal hver af jer give mig en linnedskjorte og et sæt festtøj.” „Top,” svarede de, „lad os høre gåden!”

14 „Fra rovdyret kom mad,

    fra den rå styrke kom sødme!”

Den gåde spekulerede de over i tre dage uden at finde en løsning.

15 Den fjerde dag sagde de til Samsons brud: „Få din mand til at røbe svaret, ellers sætter vi ild til din fars hus, så I alle omkommer. Vi er ikke kommet til fest for at blive flået!”

16 Så trak hun Samson til side og sagde grådkvalt: „Hvordan kan du elske mig, når du giver mit folk en gåde uden at betro mig løsningen?” „Hvorfor skulle jeg fortælle dig løsningen, når jeg ikke engang har røbet den for min egen mor og far?” svarede han.

17 Under resten af festen græd hun uafbrudt. Den syvende dag gav han efter, fordi hun blev ved at plage ham, og han røbede løsningen for hende. Hun fortalte den straks videre til sine landsmænd. 18 Inden solnedgang den syvende dag gav de ham derfor følgende svar:

Hvad er sødere end honning?
    Hvad er stærkere end en løve?

Samson svarede: „Hvis I ikke havde pløjet med min kvie, ville I aldrig have gættet min gåde!”

19 Da kom Herrens Ånd over Samson, og han gik ned til byen Ashkalon, hvor han slog 30 mænd ned, tog deres tøj og gav det til mændene, der havde svaret på gåden. Samson var imidlertid blevet så rasende, at han lod bryllup være bryllup og tog hjem sammen med sine forældre. 20 Pigen blev så i stedet givet til den mand, der havde været forlover ved brylluppet.

King James Version

Judges 14

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

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.

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.

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.

Then 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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:

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 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?

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, ye had not found out my riddle.

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.

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