Judges 13:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:7, NIV: But he said to me, 'You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.''

Judges 13:7, ESV: but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”

Judges 13:7, KJV: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

Judges 13:7, NASB: But he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’?'

Judges 13:7, NLT: But he told me, 'You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. For your son will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from the moment of his birth until the day of his death.''

Judges 13:7, CSB: He said to me, 'You will conceive and give birth to a son. Therefore, do not drink wine or beer, and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth until the day of his death.' "

What does Judges 13:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Manoah's barren wife has come to him with an amazing report (Judges 13:2–6). A man of God who looked like an angel has appeared with an impossible message. Manoah listens as she tells him what the being said.

The "angel of the LORD" told her she will conceive and bear a son—news Manoah would have rejoiced over, as well. She was also told not to drink any alcohol or eat anything ceremonially unclean. This matters because the child will be a Nazarite (Numbers 6:1–20) from the womb. Here, she adds a detail not reported in the previous verses: The boy will remain a Nazarite until he dies.

Manoah and his wife likely knew about Nazirite vows, where someone temporarily dedicated themselves to God in a specified way. What's new here is the idea of someone being set apart for that role from conception until death—and without volunteering for the vow.