As the flames leapt up from the altar to heaven, God's angel also ascended in the altar flames. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell facedown to the ground.
Manoah and his wife never saw the angel of God again.
He said to his wife, "We're as good as dead! We've looked on God!"
But his wife said, "If God were planning to kill us, he wouldn't have accepted our Whole-Burnt-Offering and Grain-Offering, or revealed all these things to us - given us this birth announcement."
The woman gave birth to a son. They named him Samson. The boy grew and God blessed him.
The Spirit of God began working in him while he was staying at a Danite camp between Zorah and Eshtaol.
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)