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Judges 14

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-20

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.

Judges 14:4 “it was of the Lord” - Comments - Though Samson’s parents did not see this Samson’s conflict with the Philistines as good, it had been ordained by God to bring about His divine will (see Judges 15:3). Samson was more blameless than the Philistines in getting even with them.

Judges 15:3, “And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.”

Judges 14:6 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.

Judges 14:6 Comments - It is unusual to do such a supernatural feat and not tell the parents or friends.

Judges 14:8 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.

Judges 14:9 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.

Judges 14:8-9 Comments God’s Makes the Bitter to Become Sweet - We, too, can conquer Satan’s attacks and make sweet what could have been bitter. This lion had probably terrorised the land and made life bitter for many people. However, the Holy Ghost anointing breaks the yoke of bondage. Praise God!

Judges 14:15 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?

Judges 14:15 “Entice thy husband” - Comments - Samson was enticed by his wife, and later also enticed by Deliah (Judges 16:16-17).

Judges 16:16-17, “And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon 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 any other man.”

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Judges 14". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/judges-14.html. 2013.
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