3 Be a God of protection and a place of strength for me, so that you may accomplish my salvation. For you are my firmament and my refuge.
4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the sinner, and from the hand of the unjust and those who act against the law.
5 For you, O Lord, are my patience: my hope from my youth, O Lord.
6 In you, I have been confirmed from conception. From my mother's womb, you are my protector. In you, I will sing forever.
7 I have become to many as if I were a portent, but you are a strong helper.
8 Let my mouth be filled with praise, so that I may sing your glory, your greatness all day long.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age. Do not abandon me when my strength will fail.
10 For my enemies have spoken against me. And those who watched for my soul have taken counsel as one,
11 saying: "God has abandoned him. Pursue and overtake him. For there is no one to rescue him."
12 O God, do not be far from me. O my God, provide for my assistance.
13 May they be confounded, and may they fail, who drag down my soul. Let them be covered with confusion and shame, who seek evils for me.
14 But I will always have hope. And I will add more to all your praise.
15 My mouth will announce your justice, your salvation all day long. For I have not known letters.
16 I will enter into the powers of the Lord. I will be mindful of your justice alone, O Lord.
17 You have taught me from my youth, O God. And so I will declare your wonders continuously,
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, and of the stock of Dan, whose name was Manoah, having a barren wife.
3 And an Angel of the Lord appeared to her, and he said: "You are barren and without children. But you shall conceive and bear a son.
4 Therefore, take care that you do not drink wine or strong drink. Neither shall you eat anything unclean.
5 For you shall conceive and bear a son, whose head no razor shall touch. For he shall be a Nazirite of God, from his infancy and from his mother's womb. And he shall begin to free Israel from the hand of the Philistines."
6 And when she had gone to her husband, she said to him: "A man of God came to me, having the countenance of an Angel, exceedingly terrible. And when I had inquired of him, who he was, and where he was from, and what name he was called, he was not willing to tell me.
7 But he responded: 'Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Take care that you do not drink wine or strong drink. And you shall not consume anything unclean. For the boy shall be a Nazirite of God from his infancy, from his mother's womb, even until the day of his death.' "
24 And so she bore a son, and she called his name Samson. And the boy grew up, and the Lord blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord
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