The Meaning of Judges 14:8 Explained

Judges 14:8

KJV: And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

YLT: and he turneth back after some days to take her, and turneth aside to see the carcase of the lion, and lo, a company of bees are in the body of the lion -- and honey.

Darby: And after a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.

ASV: And after a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.

What does Judges 14:8 Mean?

Context Summary

Judges 14:1-14 - A Self-Willed Youth
Timnath lay just across the frontier, in the Philistine country. It was a bad match and the beginning of life-trouble. Young people cannot be too careful as to their first love-match. Pray over it before you let your heart go. Take the advice of parents and friends. Whatever you do, marry only "in the Lord." For a Christian to marry one who is destitute of the divine life, is not only to set Christ's law at defiance, but to incur the misery of perpetual discord. It is impossible to have perfect fellowship with one who is not agreed with you in your deepest nature, 1 Corinthians 7:39.
This young lion, on the path between the vineyards, seems to have been the means of awakening Samson to claim that divine strength which had awaited his appeal but until that moment had been undiscovered. May it not be that lions have been allowed to roar at you, that you might be driven back upon God, and compelled to avail yourself of those infinite resources which reside in the ever-living Savior? [source]

Chapter Summary: Judges 14

1  Samson desires a wife of the Philistines
6  In his journey he kills a lion
8  In a second journey he finds honey in the carcass
10  Samson's marriage feast
12  His riddle by his wife is made known
19  He strikes down thirty Philistines
20  His wife is married to another

What do the individual words in Judges 14:8 mean?

And when he returned after some time to get her and he turned aside to see - the carcass of the lion and behold a swarm of bees [were] in the carcass of the lion and honey
וַיָּ֤שָׁב מִיָּמִים֙ לְקַחְתָּ֔הּ וַיָּ֣סַר לִרְא֔וֹת אֵ֖ת מַפֶּ֣לֶת הָאַרְיֵ֑ה וְהִנֵּ֨ה עֲדַ֧ת דְּבוֹרִ֛ים בִּגְוִיַּ֥ת הָאַרְיֵ֖ה וּדְבָֽשׁ

וַיָּ֤שָׁב  And  when  he  returned 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: שׁוּב  
Sense: to return, turn back.
מִיָּמִים֙  after  some  time 
Parse: Preposition-m, Noun, masculine plural
Root: יׄום 
Sense: day, time, year.
לְקַחְתָּ֔הּ  to  get  her 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Qal, Infinitive construct, third person feminine singular
Root: יָקַח 
Sense: to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away.
וַיָּ֣סַר  and  he  turned  aside 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: סוּר 
Sense: to turn aside, depart.
לִרְא֔וֹת  to  see 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Qal, Infinitive construct
Root: רָאָה 
Sense: to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider.
אֵ֖ת  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
מַפֶּ֣לֶת  the  carcass 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: מַפֶּלֶת  
Sense: carcass, ruin, overthrow.
הָאַרְיֵ֑ה  of  the  lion 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֲרִי 
Sense: lion.
וְהִנֵּ֨ה  and  behold 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Interjection
Root: הִנֵּה  
Sense: behold, lo, see, if.
עֲדַ֧ת  a  swarm 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: עֵדָה  
Sense: congregation, gathering.
דְּבוֹרִ֛ים  of  bees  [were] 
Parse: Noun, feminine plural
Root: דְּבֹורָה  
Sense: bee.
בִּגְוִיַּ֥ת  in  the  carcass 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: גְּוִיָּה  
Sense: a body (of living creatures).
הָאַרְיֵ֖ה  of  the  lion 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֲרִי 
Sense: lion.
וּדְבָֽשׁ  and  honey 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular
Root: דְּבַשׁ  
Sense: honey.

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