The New King James Version

Numbers 6:1–21

The Law of the Nazirite

6 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman 1consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, ato separate himself to the Lord, bhe 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. All the days of his 2separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin.

‘All the days of the vow of his separation no crazor 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. All the days that he separates himself to the Lord dhe shall not go near a dead body. eHe shall not 3make 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. fAll the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord.

‘And if anyone dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall gshave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it. 10 Then hon the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting; 11 and 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. 12 He shall consecrate to the Lord the days of his separation, and bring a male lamb in its first year ias a trespass offering; but the former days shall be 4lost, because his separation was defiled.

13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: jWhen the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 14 And 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 kas a sin offering, one ram without blemish las a peace offering, 15 a basket of unleavened bread, mcakes of fine flour mixed with oil, unleavened wafers nanointed with oil, and their grain offering with their odrink offerings.

16 ‘Then the priest shall bring them before the Lord and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering; 17 and 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 pThen 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 qboiled shoulder of the ram, one runleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and sput them upon the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated hair, 20 and the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord; tthey 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.”

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