Samsons riddle: Out of the eater something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.

On his way to his wedding, Samson encountered a lion, and "he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat" (Judges 14:6). Eventually, when Samson returned to the place where he killed the lion, he saw that a swarm of bees had created a hive in the carcass. Samson collected honey from the hive for himself and for his parents, not telling them or anyone else about the source of the honey.

The incident with the lion became the subject of a riddle that Samson posed to his thirty Philistine guests in the feast. Samson promised to give the Philistines thirty expensive garments if they solve the riddle within seven days, or else, if they do not solve the riddle, they will give him such garments. The Philistines, who could not solve the riddle fairly, threatened Samson's wife so that she would tell them the answer. The wife begged Samson to tell her the answer until he did so, then she told the answer to the Philistines, who told it to Samson:

 What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? (Judges 14.14).

 This drawing took over 2 months to complete due to its incredibly high level of detail. From Cafes in Aberdeen to a friend’s kitchen table in Nairn, this drawing was an absolute pleasure to create and in enjoyed every second of the process.

Judges 14.14

  • L x W 32 x 24 cm

    Pencil on paper