Thursday, July 16, 2009

Samson's riddle

I was remembering the terrible life of Samson. Before he met Delilah who caused his death, he fell in love with a Philistine woman and, against the wishes of his parents, decided to marry her. On the way to her village, a lion leapt out at him and Samson killed the lion with his bare hands. He was so overwhelmed by the result of the strength which God had given him, that he didn't dare tell anybody about what had happened. Some time later, when he was on his way to marry the woman, he stopped off to have a look at the lion's carcase and was amazed to see a swarm of bees and much honey inside it. He took some of the honey and ate it and gave some later to his parents, not revealing where it came from.

There was a wedding feast for seven days, to which the bride had brought 30 male companions for Samson. Samson challenged them with a riddle, saying that if they solved it within the seven days, he would give them 30 sheets and 30 new sets of clothes, but if they couldn't solve it, they would have to give him 30 sheets and 30 new garments. The riddle was, "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness."

The 30 companions could not solve the riddle and persuaded the bride to wheedle the answer out of Samson. Samson told his bride the answer to the riddle and she betrayed his secret. The companions then came to Samson on the last day of the feast and answered the riddle. Samson was so furious that his bride had betrayed his confidence that he killed 30 Philistines and gave the 30 companions the clothes from the slaughtered men.


Blogger Eurodog said...

A real man, WW.

9:22 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

hm well slaughtering Philistines can never be bad in my niew. However, I think we should view the Bible as a series of morality plays. In this particular case the moral of the story is ( and I hate to say this as no female will ever speak to me again)do NOT tell your wife/girl friend/lover anything at all. It will come back to haunt you. Delilah got the secret of his strength remember, and look where that lead to . So, guys, mouth shut forever.

9:22 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...


And Eve, I suppose, KL...

7:27 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Didn't do things by halves, did he?

11:36 pm  

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