Judges 13:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:12, NIV: So Manoah asked him, 'When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy's life and work?'

Judges 13:12, ESV: And Manoah said, “Now when your words come true, what is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission?”

Judges 13:12, KJV: And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

Judges 13:12, NASB: Then Manoah said, 'Now when your words are fulfilled, what shall be the boy’s way of life and his vocation?'

Judges 13:12, NLT: So Manoah asked him, 'When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy's life and work?'

Judges 13:12, CSB: Then Manoah asked, "When your words come true, what will be the boy's responsibilities and work? "

What does Judges 13:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The "angel of the LORD," best understood as the Lord Himself, is appearing in a human form to Manoah and his wife. He has returned in response to Manoah's prayer to tell them more about how to raise the son they thought they could never have (Judges 13:2–11). The Angel seems to be waiting for Manoah to ask a question. Manoah could have demanded miraculous confirmation that this prediction was truth. That's what Gideon did (Judges 6:17; 36–40). That's what Zechariah the priest would do, a thousand years later, when an angel told him that he and his childless wife would have a baby (Luke 1:18).

Manoah, though, seems convinced that what this "angel" has said will happen. Rather than expressing doubt or insecurity, he clarifies: he wants all the information he can get. He displays this trust by beginning his question by saying "when your words come true." Then he asks what the child's life and career will be. Manoah has already heard some of this from his wife, but he seems to hope for more detail.