New Defender's Study Bible Notes
14:1 in Timnath. The town of Timnath had been assigned to the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:43), but the Danites had been unable to take it from the Philistines. Samson was of the tribe of Dan. His insistence on a pagan Philistine wife was, of course, unlawful for an Israelite. Nevertheless, God used this event as a means of beginning the release of the Philistine yoke on Israel.
14:8 carcase of the lion. The event has no naturalistic explanation. Samson was given supernatural strength because the Lord “sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel” (Judges 14:4). The end result of all these exploits of Samson would be the freeing of Israel from Philistine domination. After this particular victory, Samson “judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years (Judges 15:20).
14:14 riddle. The word translated “riddle” is rendered in various other ways in other passages (“dark saying,” “hard question,” etc.).