And the sons of Israel add to do the evil thing in the eyes
of Jehovah, and Jehovah giveth them into the hand of the Philistines forty
And there is a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the
Danite, and his name is Manoah, his wife is barren, and hath not
and a messenger of Jehovah appeareth unto the woman, and
saith unto her, 'Lo, I pray thee, thou art barren, and hast not borne;
when thou hast conceived, then thou hast borne a son.
And, now, take heed, I pray thee, and do not drink wine, and
strong drink, and do not eat any unclean thing,
for, lo, thou art conceiving and bearing a son, and a razor
doth not go up on his head, for a Nazarite to God is the youth from the womb,
and he doth begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.'
And the woman cometh and speaketh to her husband, saying, 'A
man of God hath come unto me, and his appearance is as the appearance of
a messenger of God, very fearful, and I have not asked him whence he is,
and his name he hath not declared to me;
and he saith to me, Lo, thou art pregnant, and bearing a
son, and now do not drink wine and strong drink, and do not eat any unclean
thing, for a Nazarite to God is the youth from the womb till the day of his
And Manoah maketh entreaty unto Jehovah, and saith, 'O, my
Lord, the man of God whom Thou didst send, let him come in, I pray thee, again
unto us, and direct us what we do to the youth who is born.'
And God hearkeneth to the voice of Manoah, and the messenger
of God cometh again unto the woman, and she is sitting in a field, and
Manoah her husband is not with her,
and the woman hasteth, and runneth, and declareth to her
husband, and saith unto him, 'Lo, he hath appeared unto me -- the man who came
on that day unto me.'
And Manoah riseth, and goeth after his wife, and cometh unto
the man, and saith to him, 'Art thou the man who spake unto the woman?' and he
saith, 'I am.'
And Manoah saith, 'Now let thy words come to pass; what is
the custom of the youth -- and his work?'
And the messenger of Jehovah saith unto Manoah, 'Of all that
I said unto the woman let her take heed;
of anything which cometh out from the wine-vine she doth not
eat, and wine and strong drink she doth not drink, and any unclean thing she
doth not eat; all that I have commanded her she doth observe.'
And Manoah saith unto the messenger of Jehovah, 'Let us
detain thee, we pray thee, and prepare before thee a kid of the goats.'
And the messenger of Jehovah saith unto Manoah, 'If thou
detain me -- I do not eat of thy bread; and if thou prepare a burnt-offering --
to Jehovah thou dost offer it;' for Manoah hath not known that He is a
messenger of Jehovah.
And Manoah saith unto the messenger of Jehovah, 'What is
thy name? when thy words come to pass, then we have honoured thee.'
And the messenger of Jehovah saith to him, 'Why is
this -- thou dost ask for My name? -- and it is Wonderful.'
And Manoah taketh the kid of the goats, and the present, and
offereth on the rock to Jehovah, and He is doing wonderfully, and Manoah and
his wife are looking on,
and it cometh to pass, in the going up of the flame from off
the altar toward the heavens, that the messenger of Jehovah goeth up in the
flame of the altar, and Manoah and his wife are looking on, and they fall on
their faces to the earth,
and the messenger of Jehovah hath not added again to appear
unto Manoah, and unto his wife, then hath Manoah known that He is a
messenger of Jehovah.
And Manoah saith unto his wife, 'We certainly die, for we
have seen God.'
And his wife saith to him, 'If Jehovah were desirous to put
us to death, He had not received from our hands burnt-offering and present, nor
shewed us all these things, nor as at this time caused us to hear anything
And the woman beareth a son, and calleth his name Samson,
and the youth groweth, and Jehovah doth bless him,
and the Spirit of Jehovah beginneth to move him in the camp
of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.