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Judges

SAMSON - Judge. Birth.  Jdg.13.1-25

1And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

2And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. 3And the angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold, you are barren and have no children; but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4Therefore beware, and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, 5for lo, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from birth; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines." 6Then the woman came and told her husband, "A man of God came to me, and his countenance was like the countenance of the angel of God, very terrible; I did not ask him whence he was, and he did not tell me his name; 7but he said to me, 'Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son; so then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.' "

8Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, "Please, Yahweh, let the man of God whom you sent come again to us, and teach us what we are to do with the boy that will be born." 9And God 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 was not with her. 10And the woman ran in haste and told her husband, "Behold, the man who came to me the other day has appeared to me." 11And Manoah arose and went after his wife, and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am." 12And Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to be the boy's manner of life, and what is he to do?" 13And the angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to the woman let her beware. 14She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe."

15Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "Pray, let us detain you, and prepare a kid for you." 16And the angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "If you detain me, I will not eat of your food; but if you make ready a burnt offering, then offer it to Yahweh." (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of Yahweh.) 17And Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honour you?" 18And the angel of Yahweh said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?" 19So Manoah took the kid with the cereal offering, and offered it upon the rock to Yahweh, to him who works wonders. 20And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar while Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.

21The angel of Yahweh appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh. 22And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, for we have seen God." 23But his wife said to him, "If Yahweh had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a cereal offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these." 24And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson; and the boy grew, and Yahweh blessed him. 25And the Spirit of Yahweh began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.


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