Judges 13:18
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New International Version
He replied, "Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding."

New Living Translation
"Why do you ask my name?" the angel of the LORD replied. "It is too wonderful for you to understand."

English Standard Version
And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

New American Standard Bible
But the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?"

King James Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do you ask My name," the Angel of the LORD asked him, "since it is wonderful."

International Standard Version
The angel of the LORD answered him, "Why are you asking this about my name? It's 'Wonderful.'"

NET Bible
The LORD's messenger said to him, "You should not ask me my name, because you cannot comprehend it."

New Heart English Bible
And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask for my name? It is incomprehensible."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Messenger of the LORD asked him, "Why do you ask for my name? It's a name that works miracles."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the angel of the LORD said unto him: 'Wherefore askest thou after my name, seeing it is hidden?'

New American Standard 1977
But the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the angel of the LORD replied, Why dost thou ask for my name? It is wonderful.

King James 2000 Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

American King James Version
And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

American Standard Version
And the angel of Jehovah said unto him, Wherefore askest thou after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answered him: Why askest thou my name, which is wonderful?

Darby Bible Translation
And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, How is it that thou askest after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

English Revised Version
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore askest thou after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the angel of the LORD said to him, why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

World English Bible
The angel of Yahweh said to him, "Why do you ask about my name, since it is wonderful?"

Young's Literal Translation
And the messenger of Jehovah saith to him, 'Why is this -- thou dost ask for My name? -- and it is Wonderful.'
Study Bible
The Birth of Samson
17Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?" 18But the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?" 19So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering and offered it on the rock to the LORD, and He performed wonders while Manoah and his wife looked on.…
Cross References
Genesis 32:29
Then Jacob asked him and said, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And he blessed him there.

Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Treasury of Scripture

And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

Why askest.

Judges 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me…

Genesis 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And …

secret. or, wonderful. It was because his name was secret that Manoah wishes to know it. But the angel does not say it was secret, but hoo pailee, `it is wonderful;' the very character given to the Messiah: ` His name shall be called pailai. Wonderful,'

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

(18) Seeing it is secret.--The word is peli, which in Isaiah 9:5 is rendered "wonderful." The word is an adjective, not the actual name of the angel. The only angel who names himself in Scripture is Gabriel.

Verse 18. - It is secret. The Hebrew word does not mean secret, but wonderful, as it is rendered in Isaiah 9:6, and elsewhere. His name was one which, as St. Paul expresses it, it is not lawful, or possible, for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12:4), it was so transcendently wonderful. The feeling of the Hebrews in abstaining from uttering the name יחוה was akin to this. Some take the angel to say that WONDERFUL is his name, but the A.V. is right in prefixing seeing - seeing it is wonderful. And the angel of the Lord said unto him,.... Being so importunate, and pressing upon him:

why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? and not to be known; as his nature and essence as a divine Person, which may be meant by his name, is what passes knowledge, is infinite and incomprehensible; see Proverbs 30:4 or "wonderful" (p); which is one of the names of Christ, and fitly agrees with him, who is wonderful in his person, as God and man; in his incarnation, in his offices and relations, in his love to his people, and in all he is unto them, and has done for them; See Gill on Isaiah 9:6.

(p) Sept. "mirabile", V. L. Montanus; "mirificus", Junius & Tremellius. 13:15-23 What Manoah asked for instruction in his duty, he was readily told; but what he asked to gratify his curiosity, was denied. God has in his word given full directions concerning our duty, but never designed to answer other questionings. There are secret things which belong not to us, of which we must be quite contented to be ignorant, while in this world. The name of our Lord is wonderful and secret; but by his wonderful works he makes himself known as far as is needful for us. Prayer is the ascent of the soul to God. But without Christ in the heart by faith, our services are offensive smoke; in him, acceptable flame. We may apply this to Christ's sacrifice of himself for us; he ascended in the flame of his own offering, for by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, Heb 9:12. In Manoah's reflections there is great fear; We shall surely die. In his wife's reflection there is great faith. As a help meet for him, she encouraged him. Let believers who have had communion with God in the word and prayer, to whom he has graciously manifested himself, and who have had reason to think God has accepted their works, take encouragement from thence in a cloudy and dark day. God would not have done what he has done for my soul, if he had designed to forsake me, and leave me to perish at last; for his work is perfect. Learn to reason as Manoah's wife; If God designed me to perish under his wrath, he would not give me tokens of his favour.
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