Judges 13


The Angel Appears to Manoah and His Wife

1And [4proceeded 5still 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to act wickedly before the  lord, and [2delivered 3them 1the  lord] into the hand of the Philistines -- forty years. 2And there was [2man 1one] from Zorah, from the tribe of Dan, and the name to him was Manoah, and his wife was sterile, and had not given birth. 3And [3appeared 1an angel 2of the  lord] to the woman, and he said to her, Behold indeed, you are sterile, and have not borne; but [2in 3the womb 1you shall have one], and shall bear a son. 4And now guard and do not drink wine and liquor, and do not eat any unclean thing! 5For behold, you [2in 3the womb 1have one], and you shall bear a son, and an iron razor shall not ascend upon his head, for [4a Nazarite 5to God 3will be 1the 2boy] from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from out of the hand of the Philistines. 6And [3went in 1the 2woman] and said to her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his appearance was as the appearance of an angel of God -- [2prominent 1very]. And I did not ask him from what place he is, and his name he did not report to me. 7And he said to me, Behold, you [2in 3the womb 1have one], and you shall give birth to a son. And now do not drink wine and strong drink, and do not eat any uncleanness! for [4a Nazarite 5of God 3will be 1the 2boy] from the womb until the day of his death. 8And Manoah besought of the  lord. And he said, Be to me, O  lord, the man of God whom you sent, let him come yet once more to us and enlighten us! what we should do with the boy to be born. 9And God heeded the voice of Manoah; and [4came 1the 2angel 3of God] again to the woman. And she sat in the field, and Manoah her husband was not with her. 10And [3hastened 1the 2woman], and ran, and reported to her husband, and she said to him, Behold, [3has appeared 4to me 1the 2man], the one coming in this day to me. 11And [2rose up 3and 4went 1Manoah] after his wife. And he came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man speaking to the woman? And [3said 1the 2angel], I am. 12And Manoah said, Now, [2going through 1your word], what will be the distinguishing manner of the boy, and his works? 13And [4said 1the 2angel 3of the  lord] to Manoah, Of all which I spoke to the woman, let her guard! 14From every thing which goes forth from out of the grapevine, she shall not eat, and wine and liquor she shall not drink, and every thing unclean she shall not eat; all as much as I gave charge to her, let her guard! 15And Manoah said to the angel of the  lord, We should indeed force you to stay, and shall prepare before you a kid of the goats. 16And [4said 1the 2angel 3of the  lord] to Manoah, If it should hold me I will not eat from your bread loaves. And if you should offer a whole burnt-offering, [3to the 4  lord 1you shall offer 2it]. For [2did not 3know 1Manoah] that [2an angel 3of the  lord 1he was]. 17And Manoah said to the angel of the  lord, What is the name to you, that whenever [2should come to pass 1your word] that we should glorify you? 18And [4said 5to him 1the 2angel 3of the  lord], Why is this you ask of my name, for it is Wonderful? 19And Manoah took the kid of the goats, and the sacrifice offering, and he offered it upon the rock to the  lord, to the wonderful thing being done; and Manoah and his wife were viewing.

The Angel Ascends in a Flame

20And it happened in the [2ascending 1flame] on top of the altar unto the heaven, that [4ascended 1the 2angel 3of the  lord] in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife were viewing, and they fell upon their face upon the ground. 21And [4did not 5proceed 6any longer 1the 2angel 3of the  lord] to appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that [2an angel 3of the  lord 1this was]. 22And Manoah said to his wife, To death we shall die, for we have looked at God. 23And [2said 3to him 1his wife], If [2wanted 1the  lord] to kill us, he would not have received from our hand a whole burnt-offering and a sacrifice offering, and he would not have enlightened us all these things, even as this time, and he would not [3audible 1have made 4to us 2these things].

The Birth of Samson

24And [3bore 1the 2woman] a son, and she called his name Samson. And [3grew 1the 2boy], and [2blessed 3him 1the  lord]. 25And [3began 1spirit 2of the  lord] to go forth with him in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and between Eshtaol.
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