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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 13

Chapter Overview

Samson was an eminent believer, Hebrews 11:13,32, and a glorious type of him who with his own arm wrought salvation. The occasion of raising him up, verse 1.
His birth foretold by an angel, verse 2-5.
His mother relates this to his father, verse 6, 7.
The angel repeats it to them both, verse 8-14.
Manoah offers to entertain him and asks his name, verse 15-18.
He discovers himself at parting, verse 19-23.
Samson is born, verse 24, 25.

Verse 1
Did evil - That is, fell into idolatry, not after the death of Abdon the last judge, but in the days of the former judges. Forty years - To be computed, not from Abdon's death, but before that time. And it is probable that great slaughter of the Ephraimites made by Jephthah, greatly encouraged the Philistines to rise against Israel, when one of their chief bulwarks was so much weakened; and therefore began to domineer over them not long after Jephthah's death. These were a very inconsiderable people. They had but five cities of any note. And yet when God used them as the staff in his hand, they were very oppressive and vexatious.

Verse 2
Of the family - That is, of the tribe or people. Bare not - An emphatical repetition of the same thing in other words, which is an usual elegancy both in scripture and other authors.

Verse 3
The angel - The Son of God, yet distinguished from the Lord, because he appeared here in the form of a servant, as a messenger sent from God. The great Redeemer did in a particular manner concern himself about this typical redeemer.

Verse 4
Beware - Because the child was to be a Nazarite from the womb, verse 5, and from the conception; and because the mother's pollution extends to the child, she is enjoined from this time to observe the following rules belonging to the Nazarites. Strong drink - Under which are comprehended the other particulars mentioned, Numbers 6:2-4. Nor eat - Any of those meats forbidden, Leviticus 11:1-47, which were forbidden to all, but especially to the Nazarites.

Verse 5
A Nazarite - A person consecrated to God's service. Begin to deliver - And the deliverance shall be carried on and perfected by others, as it was by Eli, Samuel, and Saul; but especially by David. God chuses to carry on his work gradually and by several hands. One lays the foundation of a good work, another builds, and perhaps a third brings forth the top stone.

Verse 6
Man of God - A prophet, or sacred person, sent with a message from God. Terrible - Or, venerable, awful, full of Majesty.

Verse 12
Let thy words - Or, thy words shall come to pass: I firmly believe thy promises shall be fulfilled. How - What rules shall we observe about his education?

Verse 13
Let her - Whilst the child is in her womb, and after the child is born let him observe the same orders.

Verse 15
Made ready - Supposing him to be a man and a prophet, to whom he would in this manner express his respect, as was usual to strangers.

Verse 16
Bread - That is, meat, as bread is commonly taken in scripture. To the Lord - Not unto a man, as thou apprehendest me to be; but unto the Lord, as thou wilt by and by perceive me to be.

Verse 17
Honour - Either by making honourable mention of thee, or by shewing respect to thee, by a present, which they usually gave to prophets.

Verse 18
Secret - Hidden from mortal men: or, wonderful, such as thou canst not comprehend: my nature and essence, (which is often signified by name in scripture) is incomprehensible. This shews, that this was the angel of the covenant, the Son of God.

Verse 19
Meal-offering - Which were generally joined with the chief sacrifices. A Rock - The angel's presence and command being a sufficient warrant for the offering of sacrifice by a person who was no priest, and in a place otherwise forbidden.

Verse 20
The altar - That is, from that part of the rock which served instead of an altar, upon which the sacrifice was laid. Ascended - To manifest his nature and essence to be spiritual. Fell - Partly in reverence to that glorious presence manifested in so wonderful a manner: and partly, out of a religious horror and fear of death; for the prevention thereof they fell down in way of supplication to God.

Verse 23
Nor would, &c. - This expression seems to have some emphasis in it, to enhance God's mercy to them, as being afforded them in a time of such grievous calamity; and in a time when the word of the lord was precious; and there was no open vision.

Verse 24
Blessed him - That is, endowed him with all those graces and gifts of mind and body which were necessary for the work he was designed for.

Verse 25
To move - That is, to stir him up to heroical designs; to shew forth its power in the frame of his mind, and in the strength of his body, discovered to his neighbours in extraordinary actions; to encline his heart to great attempts for the help and deliverance of God's people, to give some essays of it to his brethren, and to seek all opportunities for it. Of Dan - A place so called, either from the expedition of the Danites, Judges 18:11,12, which though placed after this history, was done before it: or from some other camp which the Danites had formed there, to give some check to the incursions of the Philistines.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Judges 13". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=jud&chapter=013>. 1765.  

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