SCRIPTURE LESSON Judges 13: 1-5, 24

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.  There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, ‘Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, or to eat anything unclean, for you shall conceive and bear a son.

No razor is to come on his head, for the boy shall be a nazirite* to God from birth. It is he who shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines. The woman bore a son, and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the LORD blessed him.