Now the sons of Israel1againdidevil in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORDgave them into the hands of the Philistinesfortyyears.
There was a certainman of 2Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borneno children.
33Then the angel of the LORDappeared to the woman and said to her, "Beholdnow, you are barren and have borneno children, but you shall conceive and givebirth to a son.
4"Now therefore, be careful4not to drinkwine or strongdrink, noreatanyuncleanthing.
"5For behold, you shall conceive and givebirth to a son, and norazor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a 6Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliverIsrael from the hands of the Philistines."
Then the womancame and told her husband, saying, "7A man of Godcame to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, veryawesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.
"But he said to me, 'Behold, you shall conceive and givebirth to a son, and now you shall not drinkwine or strongdrinknoreatanyuncleanthing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.' "
Then Manoahentreated the LORD and said, "OLord, please let 8the man of Godwhom You have sentcome to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born."
9Godlistened to the voice of Manoah; and 9the angel of Godcameagain to the woman as she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her.
So the womanranquickly and told her ahusband, "Behold, 10the manwhobcame the other day has appeared to me."
Then Manoaharose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, "Are you 11the manwhospoke to the woman?" And he said, "I am."
12Manoahsaid, "Now when your wordscome to pass, what shall be the boy'smode of life and his vocation?"
So 12the angel of the LORDsaid to Manoah, "13Let the womanpayattentioncto all that I said.
"She should not eatanything that comes from the 14vinenordrinkwine or strongdrink, noreatanyuncleanthing; let her observeall that I commanded."
Then Manoahsaid to 15the angel of the LORD, "Please let us detain you so that we may prepare a younggoat for you."
The angel of the LORDsaid to Manoah, "Though you detain me, 16I will not eat your dfood, but if you prepare a burntoffering, then offer it to the LORD." For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.
17Manoahsaid to the angel of the LORD, "17What is your name, so that when your wordscome to pass, we may honor you?"
But the angel of the LORDsaid to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is e18wonderful?"
So 19Manoahtook the younggoat with the grain offering and offered it on the rock to the LORD, and He performedwonders while Manoah and his wifelooked on.
For it came about when the flamewent up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the LORDascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wifesaw this, they 20fell on their faces to the ground.
Now the angel of the LORD did not appear to Manoah or his wifeagain . 21ThenManoahknew that he was the angel of the LORD.
So Manoahsaid to his wife, "22We will surelydie, for we have seenGod."
But his wifesaid to him, "If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burntoffering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have 23shown us allthesethings, nor would He have let us hear things like this at this time."
Then the womangavebirth to a son and named him Samson; and the 24childgrew up and the LORDblessed him.
And 25the Spirit of the LORDbegan to stir him in f26Mahaneh-dan, betweenZorah and Eshtaol.