Chapter 13: A Malak (Angel) Tells a Woman She will Conceive
1 Again the children of Ysrayl did evil in the sight of Yah and Yah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. 2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah and his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the angel of Yah 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. 4 Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to Yah from the womb and he shall begin to deliver Ysrayl out of the hand of the Philistines”.
The Woman Tells Her Husband That She Will Conceive
6 So the woman came and told her husband saying, “A man of Yah came to me and his countenance was like the countenance of the angel of Yah, very awesome (very terrible to see) but I did not ask him where he was from and he did not tell me his name. 7 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 Nazarite to Yah from the womb to the day of his death’.”
Manoah Meets the Malak of Yah
8 Then Manoah prayed to Yah and said, “O my Master, please let the man of Yah whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born”. 9 And Yah listened to the voice of Manoah and the angel of Yah came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband and said to him, “Look, the man who came to me the other day has just now appeared to me”! 11 So Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to this woman”? and he said, “I am”. 12 Manoah said, “Now let your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life and his work”? 13 So the angel of Yah said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat anything that comes from the vine nor may she drink wine or similar drink nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe”.
The Malak of Yah Ascends in the Flame
15 Then Manoah said to the angel of Yah, “Please let us detain you and we will prepare a young goat for you”. 16 And the angel of Yah said to Manoah, “Though you detain me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yah”. (For Manoah did not know he was the angel of Yah). 17 Then Manoah said to the angel of Yah, “What is your name, that when your words come to pass, we may honor you”? 18 And the angel of Yah said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful”? 19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering and offered it upon the rock of Yah. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 It happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of Yah ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. 21 When the angel of Yah appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yah. 22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die because we have seen Yah”! 23 But his wife said to him, “If Yah had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands nor would He have shown us all these things nor would He have told us such things as these at this time”.
The Birth of Samson (Shimshon): The Twelfth Judge of the Book of Judges
24 So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson (Hebrew Shimshon) and the child grew and Yah blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of Yah began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan (Literally Camp of Dan, compare 18:12) between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Chapter 14: Samson’s Philistine Wife
1 Now Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he went up and told his father and mother saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. Now therefore, get her for me as a wife”. 3 Then his father and mother said to him, ” Is there no woman among the daughters of your brothers or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines”? And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well”. 4 But his father and mother did not know that it was of Yah, that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Ysrayl.
Samson Kills a Lion with Only His Hands and Later Eats Honey From the Lion’s Carcass
5 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him.6 And the Spirit of Yah came mightily upon him and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman and she pleased Samson well. 8 After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion. 9 He took some of it in his hands and went along eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
Samson Knew His Wife Told the Riddle of the Lion and the Honey
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband, that he may explain the riddle to us or else we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us in order to take what is ours? Is that not so? 16 Then Samson’s wife wept on him and said, “You only hate me! You do not love me! You have posed a riddle to the sons of my people but you have not explained it to me”. And he said to her, “Look, I have not explained it to my father or my mother, so should I explain it to you”? 17 Now she had wept on him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it happened on the seventh day that he told her, because she pressed him so much. Then she explained the riddle to the sons of her people. 18 So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down: “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?” And he said to them: “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle’!
Samson Pays Those Who Solved the Riddle: Samson’s Wife Given Away
19 Then the Spirit of Yah came upon him mightily and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused and he went back up to his father’s house. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.