13:15 Manoah said to the Lord’s messenger, “Please stay here awhile, 1 so we can prepare a young goat for you to eat.” 2 13:16 The Lord’s messenger said to Manoah, “If I stay, 3 I will not eat your food. But if you want to make a burnt sacrifice to the Lord, you should offer it.” (He said this because Manoah did not know that he was the Lord’s messenger.) 4 13:17 Manoah said to the Lord’s messenger, “Tell us your name, so we can honor you when your announcement comes true.” 5
1 tn Heb “Please allow us to detain you.”
2 tn Heb “so we can prepare before you a young goat of the goats.”
3 tn Heb “If you detain me.”
4 tn The words “he said this” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Manoah should have known from these words that the messenger represented the
5 tn Heb “Who your name? For [when] your word comes [to pass], we will honor you.” Manoah apparently gets tongue-tied and uses the wrong pronoun (“who” instead of “what”). He starts to say, “Who are you?” But then he switches to “your name” as if he began the sentence with “what.” See R. G. Boling, Judges (AB), 222.