2 Now there was a certain man from cZorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the dAngel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Now therefore, please be careful enot to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no frazor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be ga Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall hbegin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
6 So the woman came and told her husband, saying, i“A Man of God came to me, and His jcountenance 1was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I kdid not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name. 7 And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’ ”
9 And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, “Look, the Man who came to me the other day has just now appeared to me!”
And He said, “I am.”
13 So the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, lnor may she drink wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe.”
15 Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “Please mlet us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.”
16 And the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord.” (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord.)
18 And the Angel of the Lord said to him, n“Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?”
19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, oand offered it upon the rock to the Lord. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on—20 it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they pfell on their faces to the ground. 21 When the Angel of the Lord appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, qthen Manoah knew that He was the Angel of the Lord.
22 And Manoah said to his wife, r“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, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.”
24 So the woman bore a son and called his name sSamson; and tthe child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 uAnd the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at 2Mahaneh Dan vbetween Zorah and wEshtaol.
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