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Judges 13

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 1 Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

 2 Now there was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children.

 3 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold, you are barren and have no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.

 4 Therefore beware, I pray you, and drink no wine or strong drink and eat nothing unclean.

 5 For lo, you shall conceive and bear a son; and no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."

 6 Then the woman went and told her husband, saying, "A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God, very terrible [awesome]. But I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name.

 7 But he said to me, 'Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son; and now drink no wine or strong drink and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'"

 8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD and said, "O my Lord, let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we shall do with the child that will be born."

 9 And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.

 10 [So she could bring her husband back to show him the Angel], the woman ran in haste to him and said, "Behold, the man who came to me the other day has appeared to me again."

 11 And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am."

 12 Then Manoah said, "When your words come to pass, how shall we manage the child, and what work shall he do?"

 13 And the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman beware of all that I said to her.

 14 She may not eat of anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe."

 15 And Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, "I pray you, let us detain you until we prepare a kid for you."

 16 But the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Even though you detain me, I will not eat of your food, but if you offer a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD." For Manoah did not know that he was the Angel of the LORD.

 17 And Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, "What is your name, so that when your words come to pass we may do you honor?"

 18 And the Angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful [beyond understanding]?"

 19 So Manoah took a kid with a grain offering and offered it upon a rock to the LORD, and the Angel did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on.

 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, that the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground.

 21 The Angel of the LORD was no longer visible to Manoah and his wife. And Manoah knew that he was the Angel of the LORD.

 22 And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God!"

 23 But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had desired to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would he have shown us all these things or told us such things as these."

 24 So the woman bore a son and called him Samson; and the child grew and the LORD blessed him.

 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him at times while he was in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.


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