The Birth of Samson – Judges 13

Judges 13:1 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. 

Judges 13:2 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.

Judges 13:3 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. 

Judges 13:4 Now therefore beware, I  pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not  any unclean thing: 

Judges 13:5 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.  

Judges 13:6 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: 

Judges 13:7 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.  

Judges 13:8 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. 

Judges 13:9 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. 

Judges 13:10 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.  

Judges 13:11 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. 

Judges 13:12 And  Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall  we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?  

Judges 13:13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of  all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 

Judges 13:14 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.  

Judges 13:15 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. 

Judges 13:16 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. 

Judges 13:17 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? 

Judges 13:18 And  the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus  after my name, seeing it is secret? 

Judges 13:19 So Manoah took  a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto  the LORD: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah  and his wife looked on. 

Judges 13:20 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. 

Judges 13:21 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. 

Judges 13:22 And Manoah  said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have  seen God. 

Judges 13:23 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.   

Judges 13:24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name  Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.  

Judges 13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at  times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.  KJV

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