THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF SAMSON'S BIRTH

Judges 13:2-24

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.


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