Judges 13



1 And the sons of Israel again did evil in the eyes of Jehovah; and Jehovah gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

2 And there was one man from Zorah, from the family of the Danites, and his name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and gave· not ·birth.

3 And the angel of Jehovah appeared to the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren and givest· not ·birth; but thou shalt conceive and give·​·birth to a son;

4 and now, keep thyself, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong·​·drink, and eat not anything unclean.

5 For, behold, thou shalt conceive, and give·​·birth to a son, and a razor shall not go·​·up upon his head; for the lad shall be a Nazarite of God from the belly; and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.

6 And the woman came and said unto her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his appearance was as the appearance of an angel of God, very fearsome; and I asked him not whence he was, neither told he unto me his name.

7 And he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and give·​·birth to a son; and now drink no wine or strong·​·drink, neither eat anything unclean, for the lad shall be a Nazarite of God from the belly until the day of his death.

8 And Manoah supplicated to Jehovah and said, By·​·me, my Lord, let the man of God, whom thou didst send, come, I pray, again to us, and instruct us as to what we shall do to the lad that shall be·​·born.

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

10 And the woman made·​·haste and ran and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me that day.

11 And Manoah arose and went after his wife, and came to the man and said to him, Art thou the man who didst speak to the woman? And he said, I am.

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. What shall be the judgment of the lad, and his deed?

13 And the angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman, let her take·​·heed.

14 From all that goes·​·forth from the vine of the wine, she shall not eat, and wine and strong·​·drink shall she not drink, and anything unclean she shall not eat; all that I commanded her, let her keep.

15 And Manoah said unto the angel of Jehovah, I pray thee, let us detain thee, that we may make ready a kid of the goats for thee.

16 And the angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread, and if thou wilt make a burnt·​·offering, offer· it ·up to Jehovah; for Manoah knew not that he was an angel of Jehovah.

17 And Manoah said to the angel of Jehovah, What is thy name, that when thy words come to pass, we may give glory·​·to thee?

18 And the angel of Jehovah said to him, Why is this, that thou askest my name? and it is too wonderful*.

19 And Manoah took the kid of the goats, and the gift·​·offering, and offered· it ·up upon a rock to Jehovah. And He* did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife saw it.

20 And it was, when the flame went·​·up toward the heavens from upon the altar, that the angel of Jehovah went·​·up in the flame of the altar; and Manoah and his wife saw it, and fell on their faces to the earth.

21 And the angel of Jehovah did not appear again to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that it was an angel of Jehovah.

22 And Manoah said unto his wife, Dying we shall·​·die because we have seen God.

23 But his wife said to him, If Jehovah had delighted to make us die, He would not have taken from our hands a burnt·​·offering and a gift·​·offering, and would not have caused us to see all these things, and would not as at this time have caused us to hear such things as this.

24 And the woman gave·​·birth to a son, and called his name Samson; and the boy grew·​·up and Jehovah blessed him.

25 And the spirit of Jehovah began to disquiet him in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.