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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him,

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

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

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions, and they were with him.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, 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.
Study Bible
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. The Friends 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.







Lexicon
And when
וַיְהִ֖י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7200: To see

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

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

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