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The Birth of Samson(A)

13 Again the children of Israel (B)did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them (C)into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

Now there was a certain man from (D)Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. And the (E)Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Now therefore, please be careful (F)not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no (G)razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be (H)a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall (I)begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

So the woman came and told her husband, saying, (J)“A Man of God came to me, and His (K)countenance[a] was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I (L)did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name. And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’ ”

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 13:6 appearance

24 So the woman bore a son and called his name (A)Samson; and (B)the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 (C)And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at [a]Mahaneh Dan (D)between Zorah and (E)Eshtaol.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 13:25 Lit. Camp of Dan, Judg. 18:12

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