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Samson didn’t really have good luck with the ladies. I’m not sure if he just had bad taste in picking women or what!
He made a wager with his companions by giving them a riddle. When Samson wouldn’t explain the answer of his riddle to his wife, she “threw herself on him sobbing, ‘You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle but you haven’t told me the answer.’ ” I imagine her sounding like a whiny child. If that wasn’t bad enough, “she cried the whole seven days of the feast.” He finally had enough, “So, on the seventh day he finally told her because she continued to press him.”
Surely he knew that she was going to tell the “bad guys” the answer to the riddle. Why else would she have been so insistent on knowing the answer? Needless to say, he didn’t respond well when he found they had the answer to the riddle. “Burning with anger he went up to his father’s house. And Samson’s wife was given to the friend who attended him at his wedding.” In the next chapter he cools off and goes to visit his wife only to learn that her father thought that Samson hated her and gave her to his friend. Nice!
Later on we meet Delilah. She was a greedy woman who tried to learn the secret to Samson’s strength in order to get some cash out of the situation. He fooled her three times and then, “with such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.” To get her off of his back he finally told her the secret, not only losing his strength but his eyes too.
There are many things we can learn from these stories but the thing I have to ask myself is what kind of wife am I. Both of these women nagged and cried and nagged some more until they got their way. Ladies, this just goes to show you the effect we have on our husbands. Now, I’m not encouraging you to start nagging and crying until you get your way. Why not lift your husband up instead of wearing him down.
I don’t know about you but I’d rather be seen as the woman described in Proverbs 31, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” This is exactly what Christ has called us to be!