Samson’s riddle is a riddle that appears in the biblical narrative about Samson.
Samson posed the riddle to his thirty Philistine guests, in these words: “Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet” (Judges 14:14).
Samson slaying the lion by Dore
The riddle was based on a private experience of Samson, who killed a lion and after a while found bees and honey in its corpse.
(It is very interesting that there are other ancient references to bees taking up home in the dead carcasses of bulls and horses. Perhaps the cavity and protection from nature provided an ideal home in areas where there were not so many trees or crevices?)
The Philistines, who could not solve the riddle, blackmailed the answer from Samson’s wife, who persuaded Samson to tell it to her.
“What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?” (Judges 14:18) is the answer to the riddle.
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