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Nazarites

Numbers 6


Nazarites are people who are dedicated to the Lord.


Any Israelite man or woman could make a special vow (promise). They could become Nazarites. A Nazarite should not drink any alcohol--no wine or beer. Nazarites could not drink vinegar. A Nazarite should not eat any grapes--no raisins, grape seeds, grape skins, or anything from the grapevine.
[1] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
[2] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:
[3] He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
[4] All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.


Nazarites were not allowed to cut their hair.
[5] All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no rasor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.


Nazarites should not go near dead people. It doesn't matter if the dead person is the Nazarite's father, mother, brother, or sister. The Nazarite cannot go near a dead person.
[6] All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.
[7] He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.
[8] All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD.


If the Nazarite is near a person who dies suddenly, then the Nazarite is unclean. The Nazarite must do things to become clean again. On the 7th day, the Nazarite should shave his head. On the 8th day, the Nazarite must take 2 pigeons or 2 turtledoves to the priest for offerings.
[9] And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.
[10] And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:


The priest will offer 1 bird for a sin offering and the other bird for a burnt offering.
[11] And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.


The Nazarite should also bring a 1 year old lamb for a trespass offering (an offering for someone who breaks a law). This starts his vow to the Lord again. The time before he was near a dead person doesn't count. He must start over.
[12] And he shall consecrate unto the LORD the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.


When a person makes a promise and becomes a Nazarite, he says how long he will be a Nazarite. When the time is finished, he must go to the tabernacle. He should bring special offerings: 1 perfect 1 year old male lamb for a burnt offering, 1 perfect 1 year old female lamb for a sin offering, and 1 perfect male sheep for a peace offering.

[13] And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
[14] And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings,


He should also bring wine and grain offerings. He should also bring these bread offerings: 1 basket of flat bread, flour cakes mixed with oil, and thin flat bread with oil on them.
[15] And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.


The priest will offer the Nazarite's offerings to God. He will make the Nazarite's sin offering and burnt offering. The sheep will be a peace offering. He will also offer the bread, grain, and wine.
[16] And the priest shall bring them before the LORD, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering:
[17] And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.


The Nazarite will cut off his hair by the door of the tabernacle. He will put his hair in the fire when the priest burns the peace offerings.
[18] And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.


Then the priest will put some of the things in the Nazarite's hands. He will put one of the male sheep's shoulders that has been boiled, one of the flat cakes, and one of the thin flat wafers (bread). Then the Nazarite will give them back to the priest. Then the priest will wave these things back and forth in the air to show that they are for God. The priest may eat the shoulder, thigh, and breast of the sheep. After this is finished, the Nazarite can drink wine again.

[19] And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:
[20] And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.


These are the rules for people who make the promise to be a Nazarite. If they can afford to give more, they should offer more.
[21] This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the LORD for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation

 

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