Judges 15:2: Samson Repulsed by Bride's Father

Verse 2:[1] And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly (Judg. 14:19, 20) hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her (Heb. let her be thine[2]), I pray thee, instead of her.



[I thought] Hebrew: I said,[3] that is, in my heart (Piscator, Junius). Thus in Exodus 2:14;[4] Judges 15:3[5] (Junius, Drusius). This was no excuse. For, although divorce was permitted at that time; yet the right of divorce did not belong to the wife, but to her husband. Therefore, Samson was to be asked, whether he would repudiate, tec. (Serarius, Bonfrerius).


I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her, because thou didst desert her in great wrath: but this was not sufficient cause; for he should have endeavoured a reconciliation, or waited for it; and not have disposed of another man’s wife without his consent; which is not only against the law of God, but of nature also.


[But she has a sister, etc.] He offers to him marriage, but an incestuous marriage, contrary to Leviticus 18 and 20 (certain interpreters). [See what things were said there.]

[1] Hebrew: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אָבִ֗יהָ אָמֹ֤ר אָמַ֙רְתִּי֙ כִּי־שָׂנֹ֣א שְׂנֵאתָ֔הּ וָאֶתְּנֶ֖נָּה לְמֵרֵעֶ֑ךָ הֲלֹ֙א אֲחֹתָ֤הּ הַקְּטַנָּה֙ טוֹבָ֣ה מִמֶּ֔נָּה תְּהִי־נָ֥א לְךָ֖ תַּחְתֶּֽיהָ׃


[2] Hebrew: תְּהִי־נָ֥א לְךָ֖.


[3] Hebrew: אָמַרְתִּי.


[4] Exodus 2:14: “And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest (אֹמֵר/sayest) thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.”


[5] Judges 15:3: “And Samson said concerning them (וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לָהֶם֙ שִׁמְשׁ֔וֹן), Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.”

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