Bible: Numbers 6:1-21


The Nazirite Vow


Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 6:2 Speak to the Israelites, and tell them, ‘When either a man or a woman 2  takes a special vow, 3  to take a vow 4  as a Nazirite, 5  to separate 6  himself to the Lord, 6:3 he must separate 7  himself from wine and strong drink, he must drink neither vinegar 8  made from wine nor vinegar made from strong drink, nor may he drink any juice 9  of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. 10  6:4 All the days of his separation he must not eat anything that is produced by the grapevine, from seed 11  to skin. 12 

6:5‘All the days of the vow 13  of his separation no razor may be used on his head 14  until the time 15  is fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord. He will be holy, 16  and he must let 17  the locks of hair on his head grow long.

6:6‘All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he must not contact 18  a dead body. 19  6:7 He must not defile himself even 20  for his father or his mother or his brother or his sister if they die, 21  because the separation 22  for 23  his God is on his head. 6:8 All the days of his separation he must be holy to the Lord.

Contingencies for Defilement

6:9‘If anyone dies very suddenly 24  beside him and he defiles 25  his consecrated head, 26  then he must shave his head on the day of his purification – on the seventh day he must shave it. 6:10 On the eighth day he is to bring 27  two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the entrance to the tent of meeting. 6:11 Then the priest will offer one for a purification offering 28  and the other 29  as a burnt offering, 30  and make atonement 31  for him, because of his transgression 32  in regard to the corpse. So he must reconsecrate 33  his head on that day. 6:12 He must rededicate 34  to the Lord the days of his separation and bring a male lamb in its first year as a reparation offering, 35  but the former days will not be counted 36  because his separation 37  was defiled.

Fulfilling the Vows

6:13‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he must be brought 38  to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 6:14 and he must present his offering 39  to the Lord: one male lamb in its first year without blemish for a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish for a purification offering, one ram without blemish for a peace offering, 40  6:15 and a basket of bread made without yeast, cakes of fine flour mixed with olive oil, wafers made without yeast and smeared with olive oil, and their 41  grain offering and their drink offerings. 42 

6:16‘Then the priest must present all these 43  before the Lord and offer 44  his purification offering and his burnt offering. 6:17 Then he must offer the ram as a peace offering 45  to the Lord, with the basket of bread made without yeast; the priest must also offer his grain offering and his drink offering.

6:18‘Then the Nazirite must shave his consecrated head 46  at the entrance to the tent of meeting and must take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire 47  where the peace offering is burning. 48  6:19 And the priest must take the boiled shoulder of the ram, one cake made without yeast from the basket, and one wafer made without yeast, and put them on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated head; 49  6:20 then the priest must wave them as a wave offering 50  before the Lord; it is a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the raised offering. 51  After this the Nazirite may drink 52  wine.’

6:21This is the law 53  of the Nazirite who vows to the Lord his offering according to his separation, as well as whatever else he can provide. 54  Thus he must fulfill 55  his vow that he makes, according to the law of his separation.”

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