Judges 14:20
New International Version
And Samson's wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.

New Living Translation
So his wife was given in marriage to the man who had been Samson's best man at the wedding.

English Standard Version
And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

Berean Study Bible
and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.

New American Standard Bible
But Samson's wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.

King James Bible
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Christian Standard Bible
and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.

Contemporary English Version
The father of the bride made Samson's wife marry one of the 30 young men that had been at Samson's party.

Good News Translation
and his wife was given to the man that had been his best man at the wedding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.

International Standard Version
and Samson's wife went to the best man at his wedding.

NET Bible
Samson's bride was then given to his best man.

New Heart English Bible
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had been his friend.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samson's wife was given to his best man.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had had for his friend.

New American Standard 1977
But Samson’s wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had fed him before.

King James 2000 Bible
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his best man.

American King James Version
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

American Standard Version
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the wife of Sampson was given to one of his friends, with whom he was on terms of friendship.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But his wife took one of his friends and bridal companions for her husband.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had made his friend.

English Revised Version
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

World English Bible
But Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Young's Literal Translation
and Samson's wife becometh his companion's, who is his friend.
Study Bible
Samson's Riddle
19Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave their clothes to those who had solved the riddle. And burning with anger, Samson returned to his father’s house, 20and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.
Cross References
Judges 15:2
"I was sure you thoroughly hated her," said her father, "so I gave her to one of the men who accompanied you. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please take her instead."

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

But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

given to

Judges 15:2
And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.

his friend

Psalm 55:12,13
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: …

Jeremiah 9:5
And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Micah 7:5
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.







Lexicon
and his
שִׁמְשׁ֑וֹן (šim·šō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8123: Samson -- a deliverer of Israel

wife
אֵ֣שֶׁת (’ê·šeṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

was given
וַתְּהִ֖י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

to one of the men who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

had accompanied
רֵעָ֖ה (rê·‘āh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

him.
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew
(20) To his companion, whom he had used as his friend--i.e., to the chief of the paranyraphs (the bride-conductor, LXX.); "the friend of the bride-groom" (John 3:29). Hence, even if the suspicion as to the meaning of Samson's words in Judges 14:18 be unfounded, it is clear that there was treachery and secret hostility at work. Bunsen renders the phrase, "to his companion, whose friend (amica) she was."

Verse 20. - His companion - no doubt his "best man," the "friend of the bridegroom." The parents of the Thimnathite, having no doubt obtained Samson's dower, and supposing him to have finally broken with his treacherous wife, proceeded to give her in marriage to the Philistine young man who had been Samson's friend - perhaps the man to whom she had told the riddle. The sad end of this unhappy alliance fully justified the opposition of Samson's parents to it in ver. 3.



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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