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Judges 13:20

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13:20 As the flame went up from the altar toward the sky, the Lord’s messenger went up in it 1  while Manoah and his wife watched. They fell facedown 2  to the ground.

Judges 13:22

Context
13:22 Manoah said to his wife, “We will certainly die, because we have seen a supernatural being!” 3 

1 tn Heb “in the flame from the altar.”

2 tn Heb “on their faces.”

3 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 Lord’s messenger, not God himself. Of course, he may be exaggerating for the sake of emphasis. Another option, the one followed in the translation, understands Manoah to be referring to a lesser deity. The term אֱלֹהִים (’elohim) is sometimes used of an individual deity other than the Lord (see BDB 43 s.v. 2.a). One cannot assume that Manoah was a theologically sophisticated monotheist.



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