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The Law of the Nazirite
1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, #Lev. 27:2; Judg. 13:5; (Lam. 4:7; Amos 2:11, 12); Acts 21:23; Rom. 1:1to separate himself to the Lord, 3#Lev. 10:9; Amos 2:12; Luke 1:15he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. 4All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin.
5‘All the days of the vow of his separation no #Judg. 13:5; 16:17; 1 Sam. 1:11razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. 6All the days that he separates himself to the Lord #Lev. 21:1–3, 11; Num. 19:11–22he shall not go near a dead body. 7#Lev. 21:1, 2, 11; Num. 9:6He shall not make himself unclean even for his father or his mother, for his brother or his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head. 8#(2 Cor. 6:17, 18)All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord.
9‘And if anyone dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall #Lev. 14:8, 9; Acts 18:18; 21:24shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it. 10Then #Lev. 5:7; 14:22; 15:14, 29on the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting; 11and the priest shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned in regard to the corpse; and he shall sanctify his head that same day. 12He shall consecrate to the Lord the days of his separation, and bring a male lamb in its first year #Lev. 5:6as a trespass offering; but the former days shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.
13‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: #Acts 21:26When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 14And he shall present his offering to the Lord: one male lamb in its first year without blemish as a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish #Lev. 4:2, 27, 32as a sin offering, one ram without blemish #Lev. 3:6as a peace offering, 15a basket of unleavened bread, #Lev. 2:4cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, unleavened wafers #Ex. 29:2anointed with oil, and their grain offering with their #Num. 15:5, 7, 10drink offerings.
16Then the priest shall bring them before the Lord and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering; 17and he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, with the basket of unleavened bread; the priest shall also offer its grain offering and its drink offering. 18#Num. 6:9; Acts 21:23, 24Then the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offering.
19‘And the priest shall take the #1 Sam. 2:15boiled shoulder of the ram, one #Ex. 29:23, 24unleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and #Lev. 7:30put them upon the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated hair, 20and the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord; #Ex. 29:27, 28they are holy for the priest, together with the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering. After that the Nazirite may drink wine.’
21“This is the law of the Nazirite who vows to the Lord the offering for his separation, and besides that, whatever else his hand is able to provide; according to the vow which he takes, so he must do according to the law of his separation.”
The Priestly Blessing
22And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
24“The Lord #Deut. 28:3–6bless you and #Ps. 121:7; John 7:11keep you;
25The Lord #Ps. 31:16; 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19; 119:135; Dan. 9:17make His face shine upon you,
And #Gen. 43:29; Ex. 33:19; Mal. 1:9be gracious to you;
26#Ps. 4:6; 89:15The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And #Lev. 26:6; Is. 26:3, 12; John 14:27; Phil. 4:7give you peace.” ’
27#Deut. 28:10; 2 Sam. 7:23; 2 Chr. 7:14; Is. 43:7; Dan. 9:18, 19“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and #Ex. 20:24; Num. 23:20; Ps. 5:12; 67:7; 115:12, 13; Eph. 1:3I will bless them.”