Judges 13:12
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New International Version
So Manoah asked him, "When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy's life and work?"

New Living Translation
So Manoah asked him, "When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy's life and work?"

English Standard Version
And Manoah said, “Now when your words come true, what is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission?”

New American Standard Bible
Manoah said, "Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy's mode of life and his vocation?"

King James Bible
And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Manoah asked, "When Your words come true, what will the boy's responsibilities and mission be?"

International Standard Version
Manoah asked, "Now, when what you've said occurs, what is to be the young man's way of life and work?"

NET Bible
Manoah said, "Now, when your announcement comes true, how should the child be raised and what should he do?"

New Heart English Bible
Manoah said, "Now let your word happen. How shall the child be raised and what is he to do?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Manoah asked, "When your words come true, how should the boy live and what should he do?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Manoah said: 'Now when thy word cometh to pass, what shall be the rule for the child, and what shall be done with him?'

New American Standard 1977
And Manoah said, “Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy’s mode of life and his vocation?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Manoah said, Now let thy word come to pass. How shall we order the child, and what shall he do?

King James 2000 Bible
And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

American King James Version
And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do to him?

American Standard Version
And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass: what shall be the ordering of the child, and how'shall we do unto him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Manue said to him: When thy word shall come to pass, what wilt thou that the child should do? or from what shall he keep himself?

Darby Bible Translation
And Manoah said, When thy words then come to pass, what shall be the child's manner and his doing?

English Revised Version
And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass: what shall be the manner of the child, and what shall be his work?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do to him?

World English Bible
Manoah said, "Now let your words happen. What shall be the ordering of the child, and [how] shall we do to him?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Manoah saith, 'Now let thy words come to pass; what is the custom of the youth -- and his work?'
Study Bible
The Birth of Samson
11Then Manoah arose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to the woman?" And he said, "I am." 12Manoah said, "Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy's mode of life and his vocation?" 13So the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman pay attention to all that I said.…
Cross References
Judges 13:11
Then Manoah arose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to the woman?" And he said, "I am."

Judges 13:13
So the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman pay attention to all that I said.
Treasury of Scripture

And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do to him?

How shall we order the child. what shall be the manner of the child?

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he …

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

how shall we do unto him. or. what shall he do? what shall be his work?

(12) How shall we order the child . . .?--The literal rendering is given in the margin, What shall be the ordering (mishpat; LXX., krima) of the child, and his work?

Verse 12. - Let thy words come, etc. The verb is singular in the Hebrew here and in ver. 17. Possibly the true reading is word, as in the Septuagint. If the text is correct, words must be taken collectively, as making one promise. The saying marks Manoah's earnest desire for a son. Some, however, construe it, If thy words come. How shall we order, etc. - literally, What will be the manner of the child, and what will be his doing? i.e. either, What will be his manner (cf. 1 Samuel 8:11, and following verses), and what will be his action or work? or, What will be his proper treatment, and what shall be done to him? The former is the most natural rendering of the words, and though the latter seems at first more suitable to the angel's reply, yet if we take the angel's reply as referring Manoah to what he had said before in vers. 4 and 5, we have a distinct answer to the questions. His manner will be to live as a Nazarite, and his action or work will be to begin to deliver israel (cf. Genesis 16:12, where both the manner and the actione of Ishmael are foretold). In fact, Manoah's question refers directly to vers. 4 and 5, and is a request to have a confirmation of what was then said; just as David asked again and again, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine? (1 Samuel 17:26, 30). And Manoah said, now let thy words come to pass,.... Which was not only a wish that they might, but a prayer of faith that they would come pass:

how shall we order the child? and how shall we do unto him? he believed a child would be born, and as he was to be a Nazarite, he knew what were the rules and orders to be observed concerning one in common; but as he was to be an extraordinary one, he was desirous of knowing what particular laws and rules were to be observed with respect to him, or what more was to be done to him than to another: the words may be rendered, as in the margin of our Bibles, "what shall be the judgment of the child, and his work?" and seems to relate not to what should be done to it, but what that should do; for being an extraordinary Nazarite, he supposed that some extraordinary work would be done by him, and he was curious to know it; and so Abarbinel interprets it of his request to know things future and wonderful, that should be done after the child was grown up; but this the angel chose not to inform him of, since it might have been prejudicial to them, should the Philistines get knowledge that this child would be a judge and saviour of Israel, and do such and such things to them as he did, they would have sought to have slain his wife while she bare him, or the child when born; and it may be observed, that though the angel told the woman at first, that he should "begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines", Judges 13:5, yet she said nothing of it to her husband, nor did the angel repeat it. 13:8-14 Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet, as Manoah, have believed. Good men are more careful and desirous to know the duty to be done by them, than to know the events concerning them: duty is ours, events are God's. God will guide those by his counsel, who desire to know their duty, and apply to him to teach them. Pious parents, especially, will beg Divine assistance. The angel repeats the directions he had before given. There is need of much care for the right ordering both of ourselves and our children, that we may be duly separate from the world, and living sacrifices to the Lord.
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