13:19 Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered them on a rock to the Lord. The Lord’s messenger did an amazing thing as Manoah and his wife watched. 1 13:20 As the flame went up from the altar toward the sky, the Lord’s messenger went up in it 2 while Manoah and his wife watched. They fell facedown 3 to the ground.
13:21 The Lord’s messenger did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. After all this happened Manoah realized that the visitor had been the Lord’s messenger. 4 13:22 Manoah said to his wife, “We will certainly die, because we have seen a supernatural being!” 5
1 tc Heb “Doing an extraordinary deed while Manoah and his wife were watching.” The subject of the participle is missing. The translation assumes that the phrase “the
2 tn Heb “in the flame from the altar.”
3 tn Heb “on their faces.”
4 tn Heb “Then Manoah knew that he was the
5 tn Or “seen God.” Some take the Hebrew term אֱלֹהִים (’elohim) as the divine name (“God”) here, but this seems unlikely since v. 21 informs us that Manoah realized this was the