But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
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George Leo Haydock
He sought. This may be understood either of the Lord, or rather of Samson. (Calmet)
Septuagint, "because he himself sought to retaliate upon the Philistines. "Hebrew, "that it was of the Lord that, or because he sought an occasion to take "(Haydock)