The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleActs 21:24
Them take, and purify, thyself with them…
join thyself to them, make one of their number, and attend to the
rules prescribed to a Nazarite, who is to be holy to the Lord; and
in case of any ceremonial uncleanness, is to be cleansed, or
purified in the manner directed, (Numbers 6:5,8,9) .
And be at charges with them;
join with them in the expense, for the
offerings to be made at the end of the vows, or when the days of
separation are fulfilled, (Numbers 6:13-15) .
That they may shave their heads;
according to the law in (Numbers 6:18) .
This was done in (Myryznh tkvl) , the chamber of the Nazarites F18; for
there the Nazarites boiled their peace offerings, and shaved their
hair, and put it under the pot, in the fire that was under it:
Maimonides says F19,
``if he shaved in the city it was excusable; but whether he
shaved in the city or in the sanctuary, under the pot his
hair must be cast; and he did not shave until the door of
the court was opened, as it is said, "at the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation", (Numbers 6:18) not that he
shaved over against the door, for that would be a contempt
of the sanctuary.''
Moreover, it may be observed, that a person who had not made a vow,
or fulfilled a Nazariteship himself, which was the apostle's case,
yet he might join in bearing the expenses of others, at the time of
their shaving and cleansing: for so run the Jewish canons F20;
``he that says, upon me be the shaving of a Nazarite, he is
bound to bring the offerings of shaving for purification,
and he may offer them by the hand of what Nazarite he
pleases; he that says, upon me be half the offerings of a
Nazarite, or if he says, upon me be half the shaving of a
Nazarite, he brings half the offerings by what Nazarite he
will, and that Nazarite perfects his offerings out of that
which is his.''
That all may know that those things whereof they were informed
concerning thee are nothing;
that there is no truth in them; that
they are mere lies and calumnies; as they will easily judge by this
single instance, in complying with the law concerning a Nazarite's vow:
but that thou thyself walkest orderly, and keepest the law;
therefore can never be thought to teach others to walk disorderly,
or to neglect the law, the rites and customs of it.
F18 T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 16. 1.
F19 Hilchot Nezirut, c. 8. sect. 3.
F20 Hilchot Nezirut, c. 8. sect. 18.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Acts 21:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ac&chapter=021&verse=024>. 1999.