Judges 13:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:17, NIV: Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the LORD, 'What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?'

Judges 13:17, ESV: And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?”

Judges 13:17, KJV: And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

Judges 13:17, NASB: And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, 'What is your name, so that when your words are fulfilled, we may honor you?'

Judges 13:17, NLT: Then Manoah asked the angel of the LORD, 'What is your name? For when all this comes true, we want to honor you.'

Judges 13:17, CSB: Then Manoah said to him, "What is your name, so that we may honor you when your words come true? "

What does Judges 13:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Manoah is grateful to a stranger, a "man of God" whom he thinks is some kind of prophet (Judges 13:2–14). That figure brought good news that Manoah and his wife will finally have a child, a son. The couple wants to honor this visitor in some way, not understanding this is "the angel of the LORD;" in this context, this means they are speaking with some temporary manifestation of God, Himself. After Manoah offers a special meal, the "man" suggested using the goat and other food as burnt offering, instead. Manoah will do this, but first he has a question.

Once again expressing trusting faith that God's promises will come true, Manoah asks for the "man's" name. He wants to know who to honor when these prophecies are fulfilled. This faith in the truthfulness of a stranger's God-given message is impressive. That makes it more curious that Manoah seems slow to recognize the stranger as anything more than merely human. As the following verses show, it will take more hints and surprises to make the situation clear.