Judges 14:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 14:7, NIV: Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.

Judges 14:7, ESV: Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson’s eyes.

Judges 14:7, KJV: And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

Judges 14:7, NASB: So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked pleasing to Samson.

Judges 14:7, NLT: When Samson arrived in Timnah, he talked with the woman and was very pleased with her.

Judges 14:7, CSB: Then he went and spoke to the woman, because she seemed right to Samson.

What does Judges 14:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Samson has not told anyone about his eventful trip into Timnah. His parents had apparently gone ahead of him when he was attacked by a young lion. Empowered by the sudden indwelling of the Lord's Spirit, Samson tore the lion apart with his bare hands (Judges 14:5–6).

Now he arrives in Timnah to talk to the object of his desire: the Philistine woman he asked his parents to arrange for him to marry. It's possible this is the first time Samson has spoken to her, having only seen her on his previous trip to the city. This encounter reinforces his initial infatuation. Whether it is right, in the eyes of God, for him to marry a woman from the idol-worshipping, oppressive Philistines (Judges 14:1–4), he seems not to care. Samson's only concern is that she is what he wants: she is "right in [his] eyes." This pattern of ignoring God's will in favor of preferences is a tragic theme of the book of Judges (Judges 14:3; 17:6; 21:25).