Judges 13:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:21, NIV: When the angel of the LORD did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the LORD.

Judges 13:21, ESV: The angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD.

Judges 13:21, KJV: But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

Judges 13:21, NASB: Now the angel of the LORD did not appear to Manoah or his wife again. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD.

Judges 13:21, NLT: The angel did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Manoah finally realized it was the angel of the LORD,

Judges 13:21, CSB: The angel of the Lord did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah realized that it was the angel of the Lord.

What does Judges 13:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Manoah and his wife knew there was something unusually special about the "man" who told them they would have a son (Judges 13:2–11). Something about the stranger convinced them the message was true, and that He could be trusted. Manoah's wife had called Him a "man of God" who looked like an "angel of God" (Judges 13:6).

Before this moment, though, they appear to have had no idea exactly how unusual this "man" was. At His suggestion, and as He stood by, they made an offering to God (Judges 13:12–18). All at once, as they watched (Judges 13:19–20), He suddenly went up into the heavens in the flames burning on the rock altar. Just like that, He disappeared. He was there, then He was gone.

Instantly, Manoah and his wife realized "the man of God" was actually "the angel of the LORD." They now clearly understand that their visitor was God, Himself, in a temporary human form. Their response was entirely appropriate: to fall on their faces in humble worship. This is followed, though, by great fear; Manoah worries they will die since they've "seen" God (Judges 13:22).