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Proverbs for Samson

For one of my school lessons, I was instructed to take this list of Samson’s wrongs in Judges 14-15 and find a Proverbs for each one that could have helped him. Here is what I came up with:

Lustful

“…“Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.” ” (Judges 14:3)

He cared more about having a pretty wife than he did staying with those who had the same beliefs and morals as him.

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust. – Proverbs 11:6

Did not listen to his parents 

“But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?”…” (Judges 14:3)

His parents knew they were the enemies and wanted to keep Samson away from those who did not serve God.

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. – Proverbs 13:1

Broke one of the covenants 

Unknown“He scraped it out into his hands…” (Judges 14:9)

He touched a dead animal in direct violation of his covenant.

who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; – Proverbs 2:17-18

Did not tell his parents 

“…But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.” (Judges 14:9)

He did not tell his parents that he had broken his vow and ask forgiveness.

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. – Proverbs 21:6

Ungrateful 

“…“You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” (Judges 15:18)

He had just done the undoable and now was complaining to God that he was going to die of thirst.

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. -Proverbs 17:6

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