1The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty
2There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn’t bear.
angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are
barren, and don’t bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.
therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don’t eat any
5for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no
razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from
the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the
6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of
God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very
awesome; and I didn’t ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:
7but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now
drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child
shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom
you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who
shall be born.
9God 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,
wasn’t with her.
10The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband,
and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the
11Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to
the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I
12Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering
of the child, and how shall we do to him?
13The angel of Yahweh
said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or
strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her
15Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, I pray you, let us detain
you, that we may make ready a kid for you.
16The angel of Yahweh said to
Manoah, Though you detain me, I won’t eat of your bread; and if you will make
ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh. For Manoah didn’t know
that he was the angel of Yahweh.
17Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh,
What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?
angel of Yahweh said to him, Why do you ask after my name, seeing it is
19So Manoah took the kid with the meal offering, and offered
it on the rock to Yahweh: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah
and his wife looked on.
20For it happened, when the flame went up toward
the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of
the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to
21But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to
his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh.
to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
wife said to him, If Yahweh were pleased to kill us, he wouldn’t have
received a burnt offering and a meal offering at our hand, neither would he
have shown us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things
24The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child
grew, and Yahweh blessed him.
25The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in
Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.