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J. The seventh cycle, through Samson 13:1—16:31
Judg. 13 :1 13:1 Then the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah adelivered them into the hand of the bPhilistines cforty years.
Judg. 13 :2 13:2 And there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne ano children.
Judg. 13 :3 13:3 And the 1aAngel of Jehovah 2appeared to the woman and said to her, Now you are barren and have borne no i>children; but you will conceive and bear a son.
Judg. 13 :4 13:4 And now be careful not to drink awine or strong drink nor to eat anything unclean;
Judg. 13 :5 13:5 For you shall conceive and bear a son. And ano razor shall come upon his head, for the boy will be a 1Nazarite to God from the womb; and he will begin to bsave Israel from the hand of the cPhilistines.
Judg. 13 :6 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A 1aman of God came to me; and His appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask Him where He was from, nor did He tell me His name;
Judg. 13 :7 13:7 But He said to me, You shall conceive and bear a son. And now do not drink wine or strong drink, nor eat anything unclean; for the boy will be a Nazarite to God from the womb until the day of his death.
Judg. 13 :8 13:8 Then Manoah entreated Jehovah and said, Oh, my Lord! Let the man of God, whom You sent, come again to us, I pray; and let Him teach us what we should do with the boy that is to be born.
Judg. 13 :9 13:9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the Angel of God came again to the woman while she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her.
Judg. 13 :10 13:10 And the woman hurried and ran off; and she told her husband and said to him, The man who came to me that day has just appeared to me.
Judg. 13 :11 13:11 And Manoah rose up and followed his wife and came to the man. And he said to Him, Are You the man who spoke to this woman? And He said, I am.
Judg. 13 :12 13:12 And Manoah said, Now when Your words come to pass, what rule shall the boy follow, and what shall he do?
Judg. 13 :13 13:13 And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, Observe all that I spoke to this woman.
Judg. 13 :14 13:14 She is not to eat of anything that comes forth from the grapevine, nor is she to drink wine or strong drink, nor is she to eat anything unclean; she shall observe all that I commanded her.
Judg. 13 :15 13:15 aAnd Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, Let us detain You, we pray, that we may prepare a kid for You.
Judg. 13 :16 13:16 And the Angel of Jehovah said to Manoah, If you detain Me, I will not eat your food; but if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it up to Jehovah. For Manoah did not know that He was the Angel of Jehovah.
Judg. 13 :17 13:17 Then Manoah said to the Angel of Jehovah, What is Your name, so that when Your words come to pass, we may honor You?
Judg. 13 :18 13:18 And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, aWhy do you ask about My name, since it is 1bwonderful?
Judg. 13 :19 13:19 And Manoah took the kid with the meal offering and offered it up upon the rock to Jehovah; and He acted wondrously, while Manoah and his wife looked on.
Judg. 13 :20 13:20 And when the flame went up from the altar to heaven, the Angel of Jehovah went up in the flame of the altar, while Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
Judg. 13 :21 13:21 And the Angel of Jehovah did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah knew that He was the Angel of Jehovah.
Judg. 13 :22 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, aWe will surely die, for we have seen God.
Judg. 13 :23 13:23 But his wife said to him, If Jehovah had been pleased to kill us, He would not have taken a burnt offering and a meal offering from our hand, nor would He have shown us all these things or let us hear a thing like this at this time.
Judg. 13 :24 13:24 And the woman bore a son, and she called his name aSamson. And the boy bgrew up, and Jehovah blessed him.
Judg. 13 :25 13:25 And the aSpirit of Jehovah began to move him at 1Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
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