J U D G E S
The idea which this chapter gives us of Samson is
not what one might have expected concerning one who, by the special
designation of heaven, was a Nazarite to God and a deliverer of
Israel; and yet really he was both. Here is, I. Samson's courtship
of a daughter of the Philistines, and his marriage to her,
ver. 1-5, 7, 8. II.
His conquest of a lion, and the prize he found in the carcase of
it, ver. 5, 6, 8, 9.
III. Samson's riddle proposed to his companions (ver. 10-14) and unriddled by the
treachery of his wife, ver.
15-18. IV. The occasion this gave him to kill thirty of
the Philistines (ver. 19)
and to break off his new alliance, ver. 20.