|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Rest, a Danite, the father of Samson (Judges 13:1-22, and 14:2-4).
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ma-no'-a (manoach, "rest"): A man of Zorah and of the family of the Danites. Manoah was the father of Samson, and his life-story is but imperfectly told in the history of the conception, birth and early life of his son. No children had been born to Manoah and his wife, and the latter was considered barren (Judges 13:2). Finally it was revealed to her by an angel of the Lord that she would conceive and bear a child. She was cautioned against strong drink and "unclean" food, for her child was to be born and reared a Nazirite to the end that he might save Israel out of the hands of the Philistines (Judges 13:3-5). That Manoah was a devout man seems certain in view of the fact that, upon hearing of the angel's visit, he offered a prayer for the angel's return, in order that he and his wife might be instructed as to the proper care of the child to be born (Judges 13:8). The request was granted and the angel repeated the visit and the instructions (Judges 13:9-13). Manoah with true hospitality would have the guest remain and partake of food. The angel refused, but commanded a sacrifice unto Yahweh. When Manoah had prepared the sacrifice and lit it on the altar, the angel ascended in the flame from the altar and appeared no more (Judges 13:15-21). The child was born according to the promise and was named Samson. Manoah and his wife appear twice in the narrative of Samson's early life-once as they protestingly accompanied him to sue for the hand of a Philistine woman of Timnah in marriage, and again when they went with him to Timnab for the wedding.
Josephus richly embellishes this Scriptural narrative concerning Manoah, but offers no further light upon the occupation or character of Manoah. At the death of Samson, his brothers went down to Gaza and brought back the body and buried it by the side of Manoah in the family tomb near Zorah (Judges 16:31). In Samson Agonistes Milton gains dramatic effect by having Manoah survive Samson and in deep sorrow assist at his burial.
C. E. Schenk
Manoah (14 Occurrences)
Judges 13:2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn't bear. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, "Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:9 God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn't with her. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:11 Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to the woman?" He said, "I am." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:12 Manoah said, "Now let your words happen. What shall be the ordering of the child, and how shall we do to him?" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:13 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to the woman let her beware. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS)
Judges 13:15 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make a young goat ready for you." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:16 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "Though you detain me, I won't eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh." For Manoah didn't know that he was the angel of Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:17 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?" (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:19 So Manoah took the young goat with the meal offering, and offered it on the rock to Yahweh: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:20 For it happened, when the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:21 But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Judges 13:22 Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS)
Judges 16:31 Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burial site of Manoah his father. He judged Israel twenty years. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)