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Shoftim/Judges  13:2 - 25

Chapter 13

2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the Danite family, whose name was Manoah; his wife was barren and had not given birth.  3 An angel of God appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold now! — you are barren and have not given birth, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son.  4 And now, be careful not to drink wine or intoxicant, and not to eat anything prohibited [to a nazirite].  5 For you shall conceive and give birth to a son; a razor shall not come upon his head for the lad shall be a nazirite of God from the womb, and he will begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines."

6 The woman came and told her husband, saying - "A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God — very awesome! I did not ask him where he was from and he did not tell me his name.  7 He said to me, 'Behold! you shall conceive and give birth to a son; and now, do not drink wine or intoxicant, and do not eat anything prohibited [to a nazirite], for the lad shall be a nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.' "

8 Manoah prayed to Hashem and said, "Please, my Lord, may the man of God whom You sent come now again to us and teach us what we should do to the lad who will be born."

9 God heeded the call of Manoah and the angel of God came again to the woman when she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her.  10 The woman hastened and ran and told her husband; she said to him, "Behold! — the man who came to me that day appeared to me."

11 Manoah stood up and went after his wife; he came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to the woman?" He said, "I am."

12 Manoah said, "Now — your words shall come true; what should be the conduct of the lad and his behavior?"

13 The angel of God said to Manoah, "Of everything that I spoke to the woman let her beware.  14 Of anything that comes from the grapevine she shall not eat; wine or intoxicant she shall not drink; and anything prohibited [to a nazirite] she shall not eat — everything that I commanded her she shall observe."

15 Manoah said to the angel of Hashem, "Please let us detain you, and we shall prepare for you a kid of the goats."  16 The angel of Hashem said to Manoah, "If you detain me, I shall not eat from your food, but if you would bring up an elevation-offering, bring it up to Hashem," — for Manoah did not know that he was an angel of Hashem.

17 Manoah said to the angel of Hashem, "What is your name, so that when your words come about we may honor you?"  18 The angel of Hashem said to him, "Why is it that you ask for my name? It is hidden."

19 Manoah took the kid of the goats and the meal-offering and brought them up on the rock to Hashem; and he [the angel] performed a miracle as Manoah and his wife watched.  20 It happened that as the flame rose up from atop the altar toward the heavens, the angel of Hashem went up in the flame of the altar; Manoah and his wife were watching and they fell upon their faces to the ground.

21 The angel of Hashem did not continue anymore to appear to Manoah and his wife; then Manoah realized that he was an angel of Hashem.  22 So Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, for we have seen a Godly angel!"

23 His wife said to him, "Had Hashem wanted to put us to death He would not have accepted from our hand an elevationoffering and a meal-offering, nor would He have shown us all this, nor would He let us hear such news at this time."

24 The woman gave birth to a son, and she called his name Samson; the lad grew and Hashem blessed him.  25 The spirit of Hashem began to resound in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.


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