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Manoah was the father of Samson, and a member of the tribe of Dan. His wife is unnamed in the Bible. When Manoah's wife (who was barren) told him an angel came to her with the news "You will be with child and will bear a son," Manoah then prayed to the Lord. An angel then appeared to Manoah and his wife again. Under the angel's suggestion, Manoah offered a holocaust to the lord. The flame rose up to the sky from the alter, and the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Manoah thought he and his wife would die "for we have seen God."

But his wife pointed out "If the Lord had meant to kill us, He would not have accepted a holocaust and cereal offering from our hands." (Judges 13). Samson was born later. Manoah and his wife tried to persuade Samson not to marry a Philistine woman, but Samson was too determined to do so. Manoah and his wife accompanied Samson to Timnah where the ceremonies took place. When Samson died, he was buried "between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah." (Judges 16:31).

The name Manoah means "rest."

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