Judges 13:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:4, NIV: Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean.

Judges 13:4, ESV: Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean,

Judges 13:4, KJV: Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:

Judges 13:4, NASB: And now, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing.

Judges 13:4, NLT: So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.

Judges 13:4, CSB: Now please be careful not to drink wine or beer, or to eat anything unclean;

What does Judges 13:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Manoah's barren wife has just received enormously good news. This came directly from "the angel of the LORD," likely meaning a visible presence of God Himself. She was told to expect to bear a son. That news is immediately followed by instructions about how to raise that son. This promise from God comes with rules; this child will not be an ordinary boy.

The following verse refers to the Nazirite vow (Judges 13:5). The woman's son is to live an extreme version of that lifestyle (Numbers 6:1–21). Nazarite refers to "one separated" or "one consecrated." An Israelite volunteering to live as a Nazarite would not drink alcohol or eat any foods that were unclean, according to the law, during the time of their vow. Treating a child, let alone an unborn infant, as a Nazirite is extremely unusual. To keep her unborn child from violating the vow, Manoah's wife will have to abstain from certain things until the baby is born.