Philistines Oppress Again
2 ¶ There was a certain° man° of aZorah°, of the family° of the Danites°, whose name° was Manoah°; and his wife° was barren° and had borne° no° [children]. 3 aThen the angel° of the LORD° appeared° to the woman° and said° to her, “Behold° now°, you are barren° and have borne° no° [children], but you shall conceive° and give° birth° to a son°. 4 Now° therefore, be careful° anot to drink° wine° or strong° drink°, nor° eat° any° unclean° thing°. 5 aFor behold°, you shall conceive° and give° birth° to a son°, and no° razor° shall come° upon his head°, for the boy° shall be a bNazirite° to God° from the womb°; and he shall begin° to deliver° Israel° from the hands° of the Philistines°.” 6 Then the woman° came° and told° her husband°, saying°, “aA man° of God° came° to me and his appearance° was like the appearance° of the angel° of God°, very° awesome°. And I did not ask° him where° he [came] from, nor° did he tell° me his name°. 7 But he said° to me, ‘Behold°, you shall conceive° and give° birth° to a son°, and now° you shall not drink° wine° or strong° drink° nor° eat° any° unclean° thing°, for the boy° shall be a Nazirite° to God° from the womb° to the day° of his death°.’”
 aJsh 19:41
 aJg 6:11, 14; 13:6, 8, 10, 11; Lk 1:11-13
 aNu 6:2, 3; Lk 1:15
 aLk 1:15 bNu 6:2-5
 aJg 6:11; 13:8, 10, 11
8 ¶ Then Manoah° entreated° the LORD° and said°, “O° Lord°, please°° let athe man° of God° whom° You have sent° come° to us again° that he may teach° us what° to do° for the boy° who is to be born°.” 9 God° listened° to the voice° of Manoah°; and athe angel° of God° came° again° to the woman° as she was sitting° in the field°, but Manoah° her husband° was not with her. 10 So the woman° ran° quickly° and told° her Ihusband°, “Behold°, athe man° who° IIcame° the [other] day° has appeared° to me.” 11 Then Manoah° arose° and followed°° his wife°, and when he came° to the man° he said° to him, “Are you athe man° who° spoke° to the woman°?” And he said°, “I am.” 12 Manoah° said°, “Now° when your words° come° [to pass], what° shall be the boy’s° mode° of life° and his vocation°?” 13 So athe angel° of the LORD° said° to Manoah°, “bLet the woman° pay° attention° Ito all° that I said°. 14 She should not eat° anything° that comes° from the avine° nor° drink° wine° or strong° drink°, nor° eat° any° unclean° thing°; let her observe° all° that I commanded°.”
 aJg 13:3, 7
 aJg 13:8
 ILit husband, and said to him IILit came to me aJg 13:9
 aJg 13:8
 ILit from aJg 13:11 bJg 13:4
 aNu 6:4
15 ¶ Then Manoah° said° to athe angel° of the LORD°, “Please° let us detain° you so that we may prepare° a young°° goat°° for you.” 16 The angel° of the LORD° said° to Manoah°, “Though° you detain° me, aI will not eat° your Ifood°, but if° you prepare° a burnt° offering°, [then] offer° it to the LORD°.” For Manoah° did not know° that he was the angel° of the LORD°. 17 Manoah° said° to the angel° of the LORD°, “aWhat° is your name°, so that when your words° come° [to pass], we may honor° you?” 18 But the angel° of the LORD° said° to him, “Why° do you ask° my name°, seeing it is Iawonderful°?” 19 So aManoah° took° the young°° goat°° with the grain offering° and offered° it on the rock° to the LORD°, and He performed° wonders° while Manoah° and his wife° looked° on. 20 For it came° about when the flame° went° up from the altar° toward heaven°, that the angel° of the LORD° ascended° in the flame° of the altar°. When Manoah° and his wife° saw° [this], they afell° on their faces° to the ground°.
 aJg 13:3
 ILit bread aJg 6:20
 aGn 32:29
 II.e. incomprehensible aIs 9:6
 aJg 6:20, 21
 aLv 9:24; 1Ch 21:16; Ezk 1:28; Mt 17:6
21 ¶ Now the angel° of the LORD° did not appear° to Manoah° or his wife° again°°. aThen° Manoah° knew° that he was the angel° of the LORD°. 22 So Manoah° said° to his wife°, “aWe will surely° die°, for 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 ashown° us all° these° things°, nor° would He have let us hear° [things] like this° at this time°.”
24 ¶ Then the woman° gave° birth° to a son° and named°° him Samson°; and the achild° grew° up and the LORD° blessed° him. 25 And athe Spirit° of the LORD° began° to stir° him in IbMahaneh-dan°, between° Zorah° and Eshtaol°.
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Israel is in the hand of the Philistines.
An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife.
2 ¶ And there was² a certainº manº of Zorah,¹²² of the familyº² of the Danites,º whose nameº [was] Manoah;º and his wifeº [was] barren,º and bareºª not.² 3 And the angelº of the LORDº appearedºª unto² the woman,º and saidºª unto² her, Behold² now,² thou² [art] barren,º and bearestºª not:² but thou shalt conceive,ºª and bearºª a son.º 4 Now² therefore beware,ºª I pray thee,² and drinkºª not² wineº nor strong drink,º and eatºª not² any² uncleanº [thing]: 5 For,² lo,² thou shalt conceive,¹² and bearºª a son;º and no² razorº shall comeºª on² his head:º for² the childº shall be² a Nazariteº unto Godº from² the womb:º and he² shall beginºª to deliverºª² Israelº out of the handº² of the Philistines.º
 Gn 16:1; 25:21; Jsh 15:33; 19:41; 1S 1:2; Lk 1:7.
 Gn 16:7; 17:16; 18:10; Jg 2:1; 6:11; 1S 1:20; 2K 4:16; Lk 1:11, 13, 28, 31.
 Lv 11:27, 47; Nu 6:2; Jg 13:14; Lk 1:15; Ac 10:14.
 Nu 6:2, 5; 1S 1:11; 7:13; 2S 8:1; 1Ch 18:1.
6 ¶ Then the womanº cameºª and toldºª her husband,º saying,ºª A manº of Godº cameºª unto² me, and his countenanceº [was] like the countenanceº of an angelº of God,º veryº terrible:ºª but I askedºª him not² whence²²² he² [was], neither² toldºª he me his name:º 7 But he saidºª unto me, Behold,² thou shalt conceive,¹² and bearºª a son;º and now² drink¹² no² wineº nor strong drink,¹ª² neither² eatºª any² uncleanº [thing]: for² the childº shall be² a Nazariteº to Godº from² the wombº to² the dayº of his death.º
 Gn 28:16; 32:29; Ex 3:2, 6; Dt 33:1; Jsh 14:6; Jg 13:17, 22; 1S 2:27; 9:6; 1K 17:18, 24; 2K 4:9, 16; Dn 8:17; 10:5, 11; Mt 28:3, 4; Lk 1:19; 9:29; Ac 6:15; 1Ti 6:11; Rv 1:17.
The angel appeareth to Manoah.
8 ¶ Then Manoahº intreatedºª² the LORD,º and said,ºª Oº my Lord,º let¹ the manº of Godº which² thou didst sendºª come² again¹ª² unto² us, and teachºª us what² we shall doºª unto the childº that shall be born.ºª 9 And Godº hearkenedºª to the voiceº of Manoah;º and the angelº of Godº came² again¹ª² unto² the womanº as she² satºª in the field:º but Manoahº her husbandº [was] not² with² her. 10 And the womanº made haste,ºª and ran,ºª and shewedºª her husband,º and saidºª unto² him, Behold,² the manº hath appearedºª unto² me, that² cameºª unto² me the [other] day.º 11 And Manoahº arose,ºª and went¹ª² afterº his wife,º and cameºª to² the man,º and saidºª unto him, [Art] thou² the manº that² spakestºª unto² the woman?º And he said,ºª I² [am]. 12 And Manoahº said,ºª Now² let thy wordsº come to pass.ºª How² shall we orderº² the child,º and [how] shall we doº unto him? 13 And the angelº of the LORDº saidºª unto² Manoah,º Of all²² that² I saidºª unto² the womanº let her beware.ºª 14 She may not² eatºª of any²² [thing] that² comethºª of the vine,º² neither² let her drinkºª wineº or strong drink,º nor² eatºª any² uncleanº [thing]: all² that² I commandedºª her let her observe.ºª
 Jb 34:32; Pv 3:5; Ac 9:6.
 Ps 65:2; Mt 7:7.
 Jn 1:41; 4:28.
 Gn 18:19; Pv 4:4; 22:6; Ep 6:4.
 Dt 12:32; Jg 13:4; Mt 28:20; Jn 2:5; 15:14; 2Th 3:4.
Manoah's sacrifice, whereby the angel is discovered.
15 ¶ And Manoahº saidºª unto² the angelº of the LORD,º I pray thee,² let us detainºª thee, until we shall have made readyºª a kidºº forº thee. 16 And the angelº of the LORDº saidºª unto² Manoah,º Though² thou detainºª me, I will not² eatºª of thy bread:º and ifº thou wilt offerºª a burnt offering,º thou must offerºª it unto the LORD.º For² Manoahº knewºª not² that² he² [was] an angelº of the LORD.º 17 And Manoahº saidºª unto² the angelº of the LORD,º What² [is] thy name,º that when² thy sayingsº come to passºª we may do thee honour?ºª 18 And the angelº of the LORDº saidºª unto him, Why² askestºª thou thus² after my name,º seeing it² [is] secret?ºª 19 So Manoahº tookºª² a kidºº with² a meat offering,º and offeredºª [it] upon² a rockº unto the LORD:º and [the angel] didºª wondrously;ºª and Manoahº and his wifeº looked on.ºª 20 For it came to pass,² when the flameº went upºª toward heavenº from off²² the altar,º that the angelº of the LORDº ascendedºª in the flameº of the altar.º And Manoahº and his wifeº looked onºª [it], and fell² on¹ª² their facesº to the ground.º 21 But the angelº of the LORDº did no² moreºª appearºª to² Manoahº and to² his wife.º Then² Manoahº knewºª that² he² [was] an angelº of the LORD.º 22 And Manoahº saidºª unto² his wife,º We shall surely¹ª die,ºª because² we have seenºª God.º 23 But his wifeº saidºª unto him, Ifº the LORDº were pleasedºª to killºª us, he would not² have receivedºª a burnt offeringº and a meat offeringº at our hands,º² neither² would he have shewedºª us² all² these² [things], nor² would as at this timeº have toldºª us [such things] as these.º
 Gn 18:3; Jg 6:18.
 Jg 6:26; 13:23.
 Gn 32:29; Jg 13:6; Is 9:6.
 Jg 6:19, 21; 1K 18:30, 38.
 Gn 17:3; Lv 9:24; 2K 2:11; 1Ch 21:16, 26; Ps 47:5; Ezk 1:26, 28; Dn 10:9; Mt 17:6; He 1:3.
 Jg 6:22; Ho 12:4.
 Gn 32:30; Ex 33:20; Dt 4:38; 5:26; Is 6:5; Jn 1:18; 5:37.
 Gn 4:4; Ps 25:14; 27:13; 86:17; Pv 3:32; Ec 4:9; Jn 14:20, 23; 15:15; 1Co 12:21.
Samson is born.
24 ¶ And the womanº bareºª a son,º and calledºª² his nameº Samson:º and the childº grew,ºª and the LORDº blessedºª him. 25 And the Spiritº of the LORDº beganºª to move² him at times¹ª in the campº of Danº between² Zorahº and Eshtaol.º
 1S 3:19; Lk 1:80; 2:52; He 11:32.
 Jsh 15:33; Jg 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 18:11, 12; 1S 11:6; Mt 4:1; Jn 3:34.
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