Again Israelites worshiped other gods,
so God handed them over to the Philistines for 40 years.
In those days,
there was a man named Manoah.
He and his wife had no child because she was unable to beome pregnant.
the angel of God came to Manoah's wife and said
"you will soon beome pregnant and have a son.
you must not drink any alcoholic drink.
and his hair must never be cut.
He will rescue Israel from the Philistines."
When her son was born, they named him Samson.
God's spirit began to take hold of Samson as he grew up.
But when he grew up,
Samson was passionately in love with a Philistine girl.
He disgraced both his parents' advice and God's law by
marrying a woman from the pagan culture.
But God still gave him strength to protect Israel from the Philistines.