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14:15 On the fourth29 day they said to Samson’s bride, “Trick your husband into giving the solution to the riddle.30 If you refuse,31 we will burn up32 you and your father’s family.33 Did you invite us here34 to make us poor?”35
tc The MT reads “seventh.” In Hebrew there is a difference of only one letter between the words רְבִיעִי (révi’i, “fourth”) and שְׁבִיעִי (shévi’i, “seventh”). Some ancient textual witnesses (e.g., LXX and the Syriac Peshitta) read “fourth,” here, which certainly harmonizes better with the preceding verse (cf. “for three days”) and with v. 17. Another option is to change שְׁלֹשֶׁת (shéloshet, “three”) at the end of v. 14 to שֵׁשֶׁת (sheshet, “six”), but the resulting scenario does not account as well for v. 17, which implies the bride had been hounding Samson for more than one day.
tn Heb “Entice your husband so that he might tell us the riddle.”
tn Heb “lest.”
tn The Hebrew text expands the statement: “burn up with fire.” The words “with fire” are redundant in English and have been omitted from the translation for stylistic reasons.
tn Heb “house.”
tn For discussion of this difficult form, see C. F. Burney, Judges, 364.
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