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Judges 13:1-8 (New International Version)

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The Birth of Samson

1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines1 for forty years.2 2 A certain man of Zorah,3 named Manoah,4 from the clan of the Danites,5 had a wife who was sterile and remained childless.6 3 The angel of the LORD 7 appeared to her8 and said, "You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.9 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink10 and that you do not eat anything unclean,11 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son.12 No razor13 may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite,14 set apart to God from birth, and he will begin15 the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines." 6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God16 came to me. He looked like an angel of God,17 very awesome.18 I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name. 7 But he said to me, 'You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine19 or other fermented drink20 and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.21' " 8 Then Manoah22 prayed to the LORD: "O LORD, I beg you, let the man of God23 you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born."
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