Judges 13:24
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New International Version
The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him,

New Living Translation
When her son was born, she named him Samson. And the LORD blessed him as he grew up.

English Standard Version
And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him.

New American Standard Bible
Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the LORD blessed him.

King James Bible
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the LORD blessed him.

International Standard Version
Later on, the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The child grew strong and the LORD blessed him.

NET Bible
Manoah's wife gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The child grew and the LORD empowered him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the woman had a son and named him Samson. The boy grew up, and the LORD blessed him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

King James 2000 Bible
And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

American King James Version
And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

American Standard Version
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and Jehovah blessed him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she bore a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.

Darby Bible Translation
And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and Jehovah blessed him.

English Revised Version
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

World English Bible
The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child grew, and Yahweh blessed him.

Young's Literal Translation
And the woman beareth a son, and calleth his name Samson, and the youth groweth, and Jehovah doth bless him,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:24,25 The Spirit of the Lord began to move Samson when a youth. This was evidence that the Lord blessed him. Where God gives his blessing, he gives his Spirit to qualify for the blessing. Those are blessed indeed in whom the Spirit of grace begins to work in the days of their childhood. Samson drank no wine or strong drink, yet excelled in strength and courage, for he had the Spirit of God moving him; therefore be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Called his name Samson. No doubt the name was significant of what the child should be (see note to ver. 17), but the etymology and meaning of the name are doubtful. Josephus ('Antiq.,' V. 8:4) says the name means "a strong one," but he does not say in what language, and it does not appear to have such a meaning in any Semitic dialect. It is commonly interpreted to mean like the sun, from shemesh, the common word for the sun; and so Jerome in his 'Onomasticon' expounds it as the sun's strength,' possibly with an allusion to Judges 5:31. Others make it equal shim-shorn, from the Pilpel conjugation of shamem, to devastate. Another possible derivation is from the Chaldee shemash, to minister, specially in sacred things, a root from which the Nestorian, Syriac, and Arabic names for a deacon are derived. If this were the derivation, it would be a reference to his dedication to God as a Nazarite from his mother's womb, the only thing his mother knew about him when she gave him the name.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the woman bare a son, and called name Samson,.... After these appearances were over, Manoah and his wife returned to their habitation, and she soon became pregnant, and at the usual course of time brought forth a son, and she gave him the name of Samson; for what reason it is not easy to determine. Josephus says (s) the word signifies "strong"; perhaps he was born a strong robust child, which is not unlikely, or the woman might have some prophetic hint of his future strength, and so gave him this name; but the word has not the signification of strength in it; it rather signifies the sun, which is indeed a strong body, and is compared to a strong man running his race, and so a strong man may be compared to that; but rather, with respect to the sun, this name might be given him, because of the splendour of his countenance with which he might be born, or in memory of the shining countenance of the angel which brought the tidings of his birth, or because he was to be the instrument of dispelling the darkness of calamity and distress Israel were now in: but the word more properly signifies a minister or servant, from whence the sun has its name; for Samson was to be, and was, a minister and servant of God, and of his people Israel. There is an agreement between the type and the antitype in this name in either sense. Christ is the mighty God, and mighty Saviour, the sun of righteousness, the light of the world, and the deliverer of his people from darkness of calamity and distress; and who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and perform the great service of redemption and salvation:

and the child grew in bodily strength and stature, and grew up to man's estate, Luke 2:40.

and the Lord blessed him; not only with extraordinary strength of body, but with great endowments of mind, with the Spirit and graces of the Spirit; with grace, and blessings of it, and with his gracious presence; with this compare Psalm 21:3.

(s) Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 8.) sect. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Jud 13:24, 25. Samson Born.

24. the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson—The birth of this child of promise, and the report of the important national services he was to render, must, from the first, have made him an object of peculiar interest and careful instruction.

Judges 13:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of Samson
23But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have let us hear things like this at this time." 24Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the LORD blessed him. 25And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Cross References
Luke 1:80
And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

1 Samuel 2:21
And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.

1 Samuel 3:19
The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground.
Treasury of Scripture

And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

A.M.

Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of …

the child

1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his …

Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts …

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

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