Sunday, 17 August 2014

JUDGES 14:14


I have an empty tin of Lyle's Black Treacle on my desk. I keep pens and pencils and cocktail stirrers in it. I look at the tin every day, revel in its red, black and gold perfection and ponder the classic (on tins of Golden Syrup since 1884, 66 years before Lyle's even started making treacle) dead lion and swarm of bees trademark and the legend 'out of the strong came forth sweetness'.


The origin of Lyle's slogan is The Bible, of course, an indefatigable tome and international best seller that bad people use to justify the bad things they do, and good people use to explain the good things that they do. It's a book, it isn't responsible one way or the other. 



Here is the source, Old Testament style. 





Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion came roaring toward him. 



The Spirit of the LORD  came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. 



So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked good to Samson. 



When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.



So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion. 



Samson later used the experience to confound the guests at a wedding he attended, turning it into a riddle that they were unable to solve.



Someone has very carefully and methodically taken the time to list the various versions / translations of Samson's riddle, and we are happy to present a list here.



New International Version


He replied, "Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet." For three days they could not give the answer.




New Living Translation


So he said: "Out of the one who eats came something to eat; out of the strong came something sweet." Three days later they were still trying to figure it out.



English Standard Version


And he said to them, “Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet.” And in three days they could not solve the riddle.



New American Standard Bible 


So he said to them, "Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet." But they could not tell the riddle in three days.



King James Bible


And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.



Holman Christian Standard Bible


So he said to them: Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet. After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle. 



International Standard Version


So he told them: From the eater came something edible; from the strong something sweet. For three days they couldn't solve the riddle.



NET Bible


He said to them, "Out of the one who eats came something to eat; out of the strong one came something sweet." They could not solve the riddle for three days. 



GOD'S WORD® Translation


So Samson said to them, "From the eater came something to eat. From the strong one came something sweet." For three days they couldn't solve the riddle.



Jubilee Bible 2000


And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not declare the enigma in three days.



King James 2000 Bible


And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.



American King James Version


And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.



American Standard Version


And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth food, And out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days declare the riddle.



Douay-Rheims Bible


And he said to them: Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. 



Darby Bible Translation


And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, And out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days explain the riddle.



English Revised Version


And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days declare the riddle.



Webster's Bible Translation


And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.


World English Bible

He said to them, "Out of the eater came forth food. Out of the strong came forth sweetness." They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.



Young's Literal Translation
And he saith to them: 'Out of the eater came forth meat, And out of the strong came forth sweetness;' and they were not able to declare the riddle in three days.   

So, there you go. It's worth pointing out at this stage that I don't like black treacle, I just love the tin it comes in.


While I'm admitting stuff, I also have a soft spot for the manic Hollywood epic 'Samson & Delilah' starring the beautiful actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr and face pulling beefcake Victor Mature (and his lion wrestling stand in). 



"YOU KILLED IT WITH YOUR HANDS"

As one wag said 'it's the only film where the hero has bigger tits than the heroine'.

2 comments:

  1. I have a collection of half a dozen empty Lyle's Golden Syrup tins on a shelf in my shed. I'm not using them for anything but I can't bear to throw them away. Is there a psychiatric unit you can recommend or is it time for another dose of ECT?

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  2. You're doing the right thing, and don't let the numerous voices in your head persuade you otherwise: after all, if it all gets too much, you can always burn the shed down.

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