Judges 13:18
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?”

Berean Study Bible
“Why do you ask my name,” said the angel of the LORD, “since it is beyond comprehension?”

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

New King James 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, for it is wonderful?”

NASB 1995
But the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

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

Amplified Bible
But the Angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful (miraculous)?”

Christian Standard Bible
“Why do you ask my name,” the angel of the LORD asked him, “since it is beyond understanding?”

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And The Angel of LORD JEHOVAH said to him: “Why do you ask concerning my name which is glorious?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the angel of the Lord said to him, Why dost thou thus ask after my name; whereas it is wonderful?

Contemporary English Version
"No," the angel replied. "You don't need to know my name. And if you did, you couldn't understand it."

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

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

Good News Translation
The angel asked, "Why do you want to know my name? It is a name of wonder."

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."

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And the Messenger of YHWH says to him, “Why do you ask this, My Name, since it [is] incomprehensible?”

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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Birth of Samson
17Then Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes to pass?” 18“Why do you ask my name,” said the angel of the LORD, “since it is beyond comprehension?” 19Then Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered them on a rock to the LORD. And as Manoah and his wife looked on, the LORD did a marvelous thing.…

Cross References
Genesis 32:29
And Jacob requested, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed Jacob there.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting 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 unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:

Genesis 32:29
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

secret.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Why
לָ֥מָּה (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

do you ask
תִּשְׁאַ֣ל (tiš·’al)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

My name,”
לִשְׁמִ֑י (liš·mî)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 8034: A name

said
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

the Angel
מַלְאַ֣ךְ (mal·’aḵ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

of the LORD,
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

“since it
וְהוּא־ (wə·hū-)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is beyond comprehension?”
פֶ֛לִאי׃‪‬‪‬ (p̄e·li)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6383: Wonderful, incomprehensible


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