And then the People of Israel were back at it again, doing what was evil in God's sight. God put them under the domination of the Philistines for forty years.
At that time there was a man named Manoah from Zorah from the tribe of Dan. His wife was barren and childless.
The angel of God appeared to her and told her, "I know that you are barren and childless, but you're going to become pregnant and bear a son.
But take much care: Drink no wine or beer; eat nothing ritually unclean.
You are, in fact, pregnant right now, carrying a son. No razor will touch his head - the boy will be God's Nazirite from the moment of his birth. He will launch the deliverance from Philistine oppression."
The woman went to her husband and said, "A man of God came to me. He looked like the angel of God - terror laced with glory! I didn't ask him where he was from and he didn't tell me his name,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)