King James VersionJudges13


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.