1 Again the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah delivered them
into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name
was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children.
3 And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to the woman and said to her, Behold now, you are
barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.
4 Now therefore, take heed and do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat anything
5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head,
for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver
Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 And the woman came and told her husband, saying, A Man of God has come to me,
and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I
did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name.
7 And He said to me, Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or
strong drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the
womb to the day of his death.
8 Then Manoah prayed to Jehovah, and said, O my Lord, please let the Man of God
whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the boy who is to be
9 And God heeded the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again
as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.
10 And the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the Man
who came to me the other day has appeared to me!
11 And Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the Man, he said to Him,
Are You the Man who spoke to the woman? And He said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let Your words come to pass! What are the ordinances for the
boy, and what are his works?
13 And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Of all that I have said to the woman let her
14 She shall not eat anything that comes from the vine, nor shall she drink wine or strong
drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I have commanded her let her take heed.
15 And Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, Please let us detain You, and we will
prepare a young goat for You.
16 And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Though you detain Me, I will not eat your
food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you shall offer it unto Jehovah. (For Manoah did
not know He was the Angel of Jehovah.)
17 And Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, What is Your name, that when Your words
come to pass we may honor You?
18 And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, Why do you ask after My name, seeing it is
19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock
unto Jehovah. And He did an extraordinary thing while Manoah and his wife were
20 it happened as the flame went up toward the heavens from the altar; that the Angel of
Jehovah ascended in the flame of the altar! And Manoah and his wife were watching this,
and they fell on their faces to the ground.
21 And the Angel of Jehovah appeared no more to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah
knew that He was the Angel of Jehovah.
22 And Manoah said to his wife, We shall die the death, because we have seen God!
23 But his wife said to him, If Jehovah had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted
a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all
these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.
24 And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and
Jehovah blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move upon him at the camp of Dan between Zorah