Judges 14:10
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New International Version
Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men.

New Living Translation
As his father was making final arrangements for the marriage, Samson threw a party at Timnah, as was the custom for elite young men.

English Standard Version
His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, for so the young men used to do.

New American Standard Bible
Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this.

King James Bible
So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His father went to visit the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, as young men were accustomed to do.

International Standard Version
Later on, when his father went down to visit the woman, Samson threw a party there, since young men customarily did this.

NET Bible
Then Samson's father accompanied him to Timnah for the marriage. Samson hosted a party there, for this was customary for bridegrooms to do.

New Heart English Bible
His father went down to the woman, and Samson made a feast there, since young men used to do so.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After his father went to see the woman, Samson threw a party. (This is what young men used to do.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
And his father went down unto the woman; and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

New American Standard 1977
Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So his father went down unto the woman; and Samson made a banquet there, for the young men used to do so.

King James 2000 Bible
So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

American King James Version
So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

American Standard Version
And his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So his father went down to the woman, and made a feast for his son Samson: for so the young men used to do.

Darby Bible Translation
And his father went down to the woman, and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

English Revised Version
And his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Webster's Bible Translation
So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

World English Bible
His father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Young's Literal Translation
And his father goeth down unto the woman, and Samson maketh there a banquet, for so the young men do;
Study Bible
Samson's Riddle
9So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion. 10Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this. 11When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.…
Cross References
Judges 14:9
So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.

Judges 14:11
When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Treasury of Scripture

So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

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Genesis 29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

Esther 1:7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse …

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers …

Matthew 22:2-4 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, …

Revelation 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the …

(10) Went down unto the woman.--Formally, to claim her as the bride of his son.

Made there a feast.--According to the universal custom in all ages (Genesis 29:22; Revelation 19:9). The LXX. add the words "seven days." (Comp. Genesis 29:27.)

Verse 10. - So his father went down. It is not clear what is meant by this mention of his father alone; but it was probably some part of the wedding etiquette that the father should go to the bride first alone; perhaps, as Kimehi says, to give her notice of the bridegroom's approach, that she might get ready. Among the preparations may have been the selection of the thirty young men to be "the children of the bride-chamber" (Matthew 9:15). As these were all Philistines, the inference is that they were selected by the bride, just as with us the bride has the privilege of choosing the minister who is to officiate at the marriage. So his father went down unto the woman,.... At Timnath, whom Samson had espoused; the Targum is,"about the business of the woman;''about the consummation of the marriage with her; they all three went, the father, the mother, and the son, as appears from the preceding verse:

for Samson made a feast, for so used the young men to do; at the time of marriage; this was the nuptial feast common in all nations; but it seems the custom now and here was for the bridegroom to make it; whereas from other instances we learn, that the father of the bridegroom used to make it,, Matthew 22:2 and the Vulgate Latin version here renders it:

and he made a feast for his son Samson; the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions add, seven days, and so long this feast was kept, Judges 14:12. Now this marriage of Samson with a daughter of the Philistines was a type of the marriage of Christ with his people, especially with the Gentile church, such as were not of the commonwealth of Israel, but sinners of the Gentiles, very ignorant of divine things, reproached by the Jews, and their calling an offence to them; and may fitly express the love of Christ to his church, though unworthy of it, which is a love of complacency and delight, arising from his own good will and pleasure, and not owing to any superior beauty, excellence, worth, or worthiness in them, they being no better than others, children of wrath, even as others, see Judges 15:2 as well as there is an agreement in the manner of his obtaining and betrothing her, which was by applying to his father to get her for him, and being got and given, be betrothed her; so Christ asked his people of his father to be his spouse, which request being obtained, he betrothed them to himself in righteousness; and the Gospel feast, or ministry of the word, is kept and continued on account of it, Psalm 21:2. Jud 14:10, 11. His Marriage Feast.

10, 11. his father went down—The father is mentioned as the head and representative of Samson's relatives.

Samson made there a feast—The wedding festivity lasted a week. The men and women were probably entertained in separate apartments—the bride, with her female relatives, at her parents' house; Samson, in some place obtained for the occasion, as he was a stranger. A large number of paranymphs, or "friends of the bridegroom," furnished, no doubt, by the bride's family, attended his party, ostensibly to honor the nuptials, but really as spies on his proceedings.14:10-20 Samson's riddle literally meant no more than that he had got honey, for food and for pleasure, from the lion, which in its strength and fury was ready to devour him. But the victory of Christ over Satan, by means of his humiliation, agonies, and death, and the exaltation that followed to him, with the glory thence to the Father, and spiritual advantages to his people, seem directly alluded to. And even death, that devouring monster, being robbed of his sting, and stripped of his horror, forwards the soul to the realms of bliss. In these and other senses, out of the eater comes forth meat, and out of the strong, sweetness. Samson's companions obliged his wife to get the explanation from him. A worldly wife, or a worldly friend, is to a godly man as an enemy in the camp, who will watch every opportunity to betray him. No union can be comfortable or lasting, where secrets cannot be intrusted, without danger of being divulged. Satan, in his temptations, could not do us the mischief he does, if he did not plough with the heifer of our corrupt nature. His chief advantage against us arises from his correspondence with our deceitful hearts and inbred lusts. This proved an occasion of weaning Samson from his new relations. It were well for us, if the unkindness we meet with from the world, and our disappointments in it, obliged us by faith and prayer to return to our heavenly Father's house, and to rest there. See how little confidence is to be put in man. Whatever pretence of friendship may be made, a real Philistine will soon be weary of a true Israelite.
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