Judges 13:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 13:8, NIV: Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: 'Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.'

Judges 13:8, ESV: Then Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.”

Judges 13:8, KJV: Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

Judges 13:8, NASB: Then Manoah pleaded with the LORD and said, 'Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again so that he may teach us what we are to do for the boy who is to be born.'

Judges 13:8, NLT: Then Manoah prayed to the LORD, saying, 'Lord, please let the man of God come back to us again and give us more instructions about this son who is to be born.'

Judges 13:8, CSB: Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, "Please, Lord, let the man of God you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the boy who will be born."

What does Judges 13:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Manoah (Judges 13:2) could have responded in several ways to his wife's story. She claimed a man who looked like an angel told her she would have a son, despite being barren (Judges 13:3–5). Even more unique was her claim that this child is to be set apart under Nazirite vows (Numbers 6:1–20)—no contact with alcohol, grapes, or cutting his hair—and that was destined to begin to save Israel from Philistine oppression (Judges 13:1).

Manoah responds in faith and a measure of anxiety. He believes his wife and trusts this message (Judges 13:6–7) was from God. He immediately prays to the Lord to send the man of God back to teach them how to raise this child. Some commentators suggest Manoah doubts his wife's story and wants to see it confirmed with his own eyes. According to what he says, however, Manoah is asking for details about "how" to obey the command, not verifying "if" it was given. That's a prayer of deep faith.