A certain man of Zorah,1 named Manoah,2 from the clan of the Danites,3 had a wife who was sterile and remained childless.43
The angel of the LORD5 appeared to her6 and said, "You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.74
Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink8 and that you do not eat anything unclean,95
because you will conceive and give birth to a son.10 No razor11 may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite,12 set apart to God from birth, and he will begin13 the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines."
Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God14 came to me. He looked like an angel of God,15 very awesome.16 I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name.
But he said to me, 'You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine17 or other fermented drink18 and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.19' "
Then Manoah20 prayed to the LORD: "O LORD, I beg you, let the man of God21 you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born."
God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.
The woman hurried to tell her husband, "He's here! The man who appeared to me22 the other day!"
Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, "Are you the one who talked to my wife?" "I am," he said.
So Manoah asked him, "When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy's life and work?"