Judges 14: 1-2 ” Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, ‘I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.’ “

Samson’s parents were childless,  until an Angel of the Lord appeared and told them they’d be having a son – a son set apart to God from birth.  So how do you raise such a “special” child?  Do you spoil and pamper… enable and compromise your better judgment that they can be indulged?  Samson’s parents knew that mixed marriages were forbidden…but they still chose to coddle him…and by Samson’s demands, he was obviously used to getting his way.  In the end, Samson showed he was lacking in sensual control and wisdom, while his parents showed they lacked the tough love to stand up against him.

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