Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.@Judges 14:14
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John Newton (1725-1807)

John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1, number 24. Sampson’s lion.

Dundee Scottish Psalter, 1615 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Sampson Slaying the Lion
Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

The lion that on Sampson roared,
And thirsted for his blood;
With honey afterwards was stored,
And furnished him with food.

Believers, as they pace along,
With many lions meet;
But gather sweetness from the strong,
And from the eater, meat.

The lions rage and roar in vain,
For Jesus is their shield;
Their losses prove a certain gain,
Their troubles comfort yield.

The world and Satan join their strength,
To fill their souls with fears;
But crops of joy they reap at length,
From what they sow in tears.

Afflictions make them love the Word,
Stir up their hearts to prayer;
And many precious proofs afford,
Of their Redeemer’s care.

The lions roar but cannot kill,
Then fear them not, my friends;
They bring us, though against their will,
The honey Jesus sends.