1And the children of Israel yet again committed iniquity before the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2And there was a man of Zorah, of the family of the kindred of Dan, and his name was Manoah, and his wife was barren, and bore not.
3And an angel of the Lord appeared to the woman, and said to her, Behold, thou art barren and hast not born; yet thou shalt conceive a son.
4And now be very cautious, and drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat no unclean thing;
5for behold, thou art with child, and shalt bring forth a son; and there shall come no razor upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.
6And the woman went in, and spoke to her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his appearance was as of an angel of God, very dreadful; and I did not ask him whence he was, and he did not tell me his name.
7And he said to me, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bring forth a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat no unclean thing; for the child shall be holy to God from the womb until the day of his death.
8And Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, I pray thee, O Lord my Lord, concerning the man of God whom thou sentest; let him now come to us once more, and teach us what we shall do to the child about to be born.
9And the Lord heard the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came yet again to the woman; and she sat in the field, and Manoah her husband was not with her.
10And the woman hastened, and ran, and brought word to her husband, and said to him, Behold the man who came in the other day to me has appeared to me.
11And Manoah arose and followed his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Art thou the man that spoke to the woman? and the angel said, I am.
12And Manoah said, Now shall thy word come to pass: what shall be the ordering of the child, and our dealings with him?
13And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, Of all things concerning which I spoke to the woman, she shall beware.
14She shall eat of nothing that comes of the vine yielding wine, and let her not drink wine or strong liquor, and let her not eat anything unclean: all things that I have charged her she shall observe.
15And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, Let us detain thee here, and prepare before thee a kid of the goats.
16And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, If thou shouldest detain me, I will not eat of thy bread; and if thou wouldest offer a whole burnt offering, to the Lord thou shalt offer it: for Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.
17And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy word shall come to pass, we may glorify thee?
18And the angel of the Lord said to him, Why dost thou thus ask after my name; whereas it is wonderful?
19And Manoah took a kid of the goats and its meat offering, and offered it on the rock to the Lord; and the angel wrought a distinct work, and Manoah and his wife were looking on.
20And it came to pass when the flame went up above the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the Lord went up in the flame; and Manoah and his wife were looking, and they fell upon their face to the earth.
21And the angel appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife: then Manoah knew that this was an angel of the Lord.
22And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
23But his wife said to him, If the Lord were pleased to slay us, he would not have received of our hand a whole burnt offering and a meat offering; and he would not have shown us all these things, neither would he have caused us to hear all these things as at this time.
24And the woman brought forth a son, and she called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
25And the Spirit of the Lord began to go out with him in the camp of Dan, and between Zorah and Eshtaol.