Judges 14:11
New International Version
When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.

New Living Translation
When the bride’s parents saw him, they selected thirty young men from the town to be his companions.

English Standard Version
As soon as the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Berean Study Bible
And when the Philistines saw him, they selected thirty men to accompany him.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

New King James Version
And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

New American Standard Bible
When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.

NASB 1995
When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.

NASB 1977
And it came about when they saw him that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Amplified Bible
When the people saw him, they brought thirty companions (wedding attendants) to be with him.

Christian Standard Bible
When the Philistines saw him, they brought thirty men to accompany him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the Philistines saw him, they brought 30 men to accompany him.”

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they saw him, thirty men came and they were friends of the groom for him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it came to pass when they saw him, that they took thirty guests, and they were with him.

Contemporary English Version
When the Philistines saw what Samson was like, they told 30 of their young men to stay with him at the party.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the citizens of that place saw him, they brought him thirty companions to be with him.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Good News Translation
When the Philistines saw him, they sent thirty young men to stay with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When [her family] saw him, they chose 30 of their friends to be with him.

International Standard Version
When they saw him, they brought 30 companions to accompany him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Literal Standard Version
and it comes to pass, when they see him, that they take thirty companions, and they are with him.

NET Bible
When the Philistines saw he had no attendants, they gave him thirty groomsmen who kept him company.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

World English Bible
It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass when they see him, that they take thirty companions, and they are with him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Samson's Riddle
10Then his father went to visit the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, as was customary for the bridegroom. 11And when the Philistines saw him, they selected thirty men to accompany him. 12“Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can solve it for me within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.…

Cross References
Judges 14:10
Then his father went to visit the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, as was customary for the bridegroom.

Judges 14:12
"Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can solve it for me within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.

Song of Solomon 5:1
I have come to my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends, and drink; drink freely, O beloved.


Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

saw him

1 Samuel 10:23
And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

1 Samuel 16:6
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

thirty

Matthew 9:15
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

John 3:29
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.









(11) When they saw him.--The reason why this clause is added is somewhat obscure, and this is perhaps the reason why the LXX. and Josephus, without any warrant, render it "when they were afraid of him, which would involve a change in the reading.

They brought thirty companions.--It was necessary to the splendour of the marriage feast that there should be these paranymphs (shoshbenim, or "children of the bride-chamber," Matthew 9:15). The fact that Samson had brought none with him seems to prove that his marriage was highly unpopular among his own countrymen. Thirty, however, was a most unusual number.

Verse 11. - When they saw him, i.e. when the father and mother and friends of the bride saw him approaching, they went to meet him with the thirty companions who had been selected. We still see a strong resemblance to the wedding arrangements referred to in Matthew 9:15, and Matthew 25:1-12; only in this case they were young men instead of young women who went out to meet the bridegroom. We may observe, by the way, that the scale of the wedding feast, as regards numbers and duration, indicates that Samson s family was one of wealth and position.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And when
וַיְהִ֖י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

[the Philistines] saw him,
כִּרְאוֹתָ֣ם (kir·’ō·w·ṯām)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7200: To see

they selected
וַיִּקְחוּ֙ (way·yiq·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

thirty
שְׁלֹשִׁ֣ים (šə·lō·šîm)
Number - common plural
Strong's 7970: Thirty, thirtieth

men to accompany him.
מֵֽרֵעִ֔ים (mê·rê·‘îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4828: Friend, companion


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