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Law of the Nazirites

1 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, `When a man or woman makes a special F76 vow, the vow of a R142 Nazirite, F77 to dedicate F78 himself to the LORD, 3 he shall abstain R143 from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar, whether made from wine or strong drink, nor shall he drink any grape juice nor eat fresh or dried grapes. 4 `All the days of his separation F79 he shall not eat anything that is produced by the grape vine, from the seeds even to the skin.

5 `All the days of his vow of separation no R144 razor shall pass over his head. He shall be holy until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the LORD; he shall let the locks of hair on his head grow long.

6 `All R145 the days of his separation to the LORD he shall not go near to a dead person. 7 `He shall R146 not make himself unclean for his father or for his mother, for his brother or for his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head. 8 `All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD.

9 `But if a man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his dedicated head of hair, then he R147 shall shave his head on the day when he becomes clean; he R148 shall shave it on the seventh day. 10 `Then on the eighth day he shall bring two R149 turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting. 11 `The priest shall offer one R150 for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him concerning F80 his sin because of the dead person. And that same day he shall consecrate his head, 12 and shall dedicate to the LORD his days as F81 a Nazirite, F82 and shall bring a male lamb a year old for a guilt offering; but the former days will be void because his separation was defiled.

13 `Now this is the law of the Nazirite when R151 the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall bring the F83 offering to the doorway of the tent of meeting. 14 `He shall present his offering to the LORD: one male lamb a year old without defect for a burnt offering and one ewe-lamb R152 a year old without defect for a sin offering and one ram without defect for a peace offering, 15 and a basket of unleavened R153 cakes of fine flour mixed with oil and unleavened wafers spread with oil, along with their R154 grain offering and their drink offering. 16 `Then the priest shall present them before the LORD and shall offer his sin offering and his burnt offering. 17 `He shall also offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, together with the basket of unleavened cakes; the priest shall likewise offer its grain offering and its drink offering. 18 `The R155 Nazirite shall then shave his dedicated head of hair at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and take the dedicated hair of his head and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings. 19 `The R156 priest shall take the ram's shoulder when it has been boiled, and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands F84 of the Nazirite after he has shaved his dedicated F85 hair. 20 `Then the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. It is holy for the priest, together with the breast offered by waving and the thigh offered by lifting up; and afterward R157 the Nazirite may drink wine.'

21 "This is the law of the Nazirite who vows his offering to the LORD according to his separation, in addition to what else he F86 can afford; according to his vow which he takes, so he shall do according to the law of his separation."

Aaron's Benediction

22 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, `Thus you R158 shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

24 The LORD bless R159 you, and keep R160 you;

25 The LORD make R161 His face shine on you,

And be R162 gracious to you;

26 The LORD lift R163 up His countenance on you,

And give R164 you peace.'

27 "So they shall invoke R165 F87 My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them."
FOOTNOTES:
F76: Or difficult
F77: I.e. one separated
F78: Or live as a Nazirite
F79: Or living as a Nazirite, and so through v 21
F80: Lit because of that which he sinned
F81: Or of dedication
F82: I.e. one separated
F83: Lit it
F84: Lit palms
F85: Or separated
F86: Lit his hand can reach
F87: Lit put

CROSS REFERENCES:
R142: Judges 13:5; 16:17; Amos 2:11,12
R143: Luke 1:15
R144: 1 Samuel 1:11
R145: Leviticus 21:1-3; Numbers 19:11-22
R146: Numbers 9:6
R147: Leviticus 14:8,9
R148: Numbers 6:18
R149: Leviticus 5:7; 14:22
R150: Leviticus 5:7
R151: Acts 21:26
R152: Leviticus 14:10; Numbers 15:27
R153: Exodus 29:2; Leviticus 2:4
R154: Numbers 15:1-7
R155: Numbers 6:9; Acts 21:23,24
R156: Leviticus 7:28-34
R157: Ecclesiastes 9:7
R158: 1 Chronicles 23:13
R159: Deuteronomy 28:3-6; Psalms 28:9
R160: 1 Samuel 2:9; Psalms 17:8
R161: Psalms 80:3,7,19
R162: Psalms 86:16
R163: Psalms 4:6; 44:3
R164: Psalms 29:11; 37:37
R165: 2 Samuel 7:23; 2 Chronicles 7:14

 
 

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