Judges 13:18

18 He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding.[a]

Judges 13:18 in Other Translations

18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
18 And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?"
18 “Why do you ask my name?” the angel of the LORD replied. “It is too wonderful for you to understand.”
18 The angel of God said, "What's this? You ask for my name? You wouldn't understand - it's sheer wonder."
18 "Why do you ask My name," the Angel of the Lord asked him, "since it is wonderful."

Judges 13:18 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 13:18

And the angel of the Lord said unto him
Being so importunate, and pressing upon him;

why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
and not to be known; as his nature and essence as a divine Person, which may be meant by his name, is what passes knowledge, is infinite and incomprehensible; see ( Proverbs 30:4 ) or "wonderful" F16; which is one of the names of Christ, and fitly agrees with him, who is wonderful in his person, as God and man; in his incarnation, in his offices and relations, in his love to his people, and in all he is unto them, and has done for them; (See Gill on Isaiah 9:6).


F16 (yalp) (yaumaston) , Sept. "mirabile", V. L. Montanus; "mirificus", Junius & Tremellius.

Judges 13:18 In-Context

16 The angel of the LORD replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD.” (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the LORD.)
17 Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?”
18 He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding. ”
19 Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the LORD. And the LORD did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched:
20 As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 32:29; Isaiah 9:6

Footnotes 1

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