NASB — Judges 13 — KJV

Philistines Oppress Again

1 Now the sons of Israel aagain did evil in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.

[1] aJg 2:11

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.’”

[2] aJsh 19:41
[3] aJg 6:11, 14; 13:6, 8, 10, 11; Lk 1:11-13
[4] aNu 6:2, 3; Lk 1:15
[5] aLk 1:15 bNu 6:2-5
[6] 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.”

[8] aJg 13:3, 7
[9] aJg 13:8
[10] ILit husband, and said to him IILit came to me aJg 13:9
[11] aJg 13:8
[13] ILit from aJg 13:11 bJg 13:4
[14] 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.

[15] aJg 13:3
[16] ILit bread aJg 6:20
[17] aGn 32:29
[18] II.e. incomprehensible aIs 9:6
[19] aJg 6:20, 21
[20] 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.”

[21] aJg 13:16
[22] aGn 32:30; Dt 5:26; Jg 6:22
[23] aPs 25:14

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.

[24] a1S 3:19; Lk 1:80
[25] II.e. the camp of Dan aJg 3:10 bJg 18:11, 12


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Israel is in the hand of the Philistines.

1 ¶ And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

[1] Jg 2:11; 3:7; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 1S 12:9; Jr 13:23; Ro 2:6.

An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife.

2 ¶ And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name [was] Manoah; and his wife [was] barren, and bare not. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou [art] barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean [thing]: 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

[2] Gn 16:1; 25:21; Jsh 15:33; 19:41; 1S 1:2; Lk 1:7.
[3] Gn 16:7; 17:16; 18:10; Jg 2:1; 6:11; 1S 1:20; 2K 4:16; Lk 1:11, 13, 28, 31.
[4] Lv 11:27, 47; Nu 6:2; Jg 13:14; Lk 1:15; Ac 10:14.
[5] Nu 6:2, 5; 1S 1:11; 7:13; 2S 8:1; 1Ch 18:1.

6 ¶ Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance [was] like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he [was], neither told he me his name: 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean [thing]: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

[6] 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 Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband [was] not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the [other] day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, [Art] thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I [am]. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and [how] shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14 She may not eat of any [thing] that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean [thing]: all that I commanded her let her observe.

[8] Jb 34:32; Pv 3:5; Ac 9:6.
[9] Ps 65:2; Mt 7:7.
[10] Jn 1:41; 4:28.
[12] Gn 18:19; Pv 4:4; 22:6; Ep 6:4.
[14] 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 Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. 16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he [was] an angel of the LORD. 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What [is] thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? 18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it [is] secret? 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered [it] upon a rock unto the LORD: and [the angel] did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on [it], and fell on their faces to the ground. 21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he [was] an angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these [things], nor would as at this time have told us [such things] as these.

[15] Gn 18:3; Jg 6:18.
[16] Jg 6:26; 13:23.
[18] Gn 32:29; Jg 13:6; Is 9:6.
[19] Jg 6:19, 21; 1K 18:30, 38.
[20] 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.
[21] Jg 6:22; Ho 12:4.
[22] Gn 32:30; Ex 33:20; Dt 4:38; 5:26; Is 6:5; Jn 1:18; 5:37.
[23] 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 woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

[24] 1S 3:19; Lk 1:80; 2:52; He 11:32.
[25] 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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