King James Version
The Birth of Samson
1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto
her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt
conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong
drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall
come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from
the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God
came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an
angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was,
neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son;
and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean
thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the
day of his death.
8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man
of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what
we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God
came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her
husband was not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and
said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto
me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man,
and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And
he said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we
order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said
unto the woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let
her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that
I commanded her let her observe.
15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us
detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain
me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt
offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that
he was an angel of the LORD.
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name,
that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus
after my name, seeing it is secret?
19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a
rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his
wife looked on.
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from
off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of
the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their
faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his
wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we
have seen God.
23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us,
he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at
our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor
would as at this time have told us such things as these.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the
child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp
of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Matthew Henry Bible Commentary -
3. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
4. John Wesley's Notes on the
Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/judges/wesley/judgesintro.htm