Numbers 6

The Nazirite Vow

1The Lord instructed Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When a man or woman makes a special vow, a Nazirite vow, a to consecrate himself to
Or vow, to live as a Nazirite for
the Lord,
3he is to abstain
In Hb, the words Nazirite, consecrate, and abstain are related and involve the idea of separation.
from wine and beer. d He must not drink vinegar made from wine or from beer. He must not drink any grape juice or eat fresh grapes or raisins.
4He is not to eat anything produced by the grapevine, from seeds to skin,
Or from unripe grapes to hulls
during his vow.

5“You must not cut his hair
Lit A razor is not to pass over his head
throughout the time of his vow of consecration. He must be holy until the time is completed during which he consecrates himself to the Lord; he is to let the hair of his head grow long.
6He must not go near a dead body during the time he consecrates himself to the Lord. g 7He is not to defile himself for his father or mother, or his brother or sister, when they die, because the hair consecrated to his God is on his head. 8 He is holy to the Lord h during the time of consecration.

9 “If someone suddenly dies near him, defiling his consecrated head of hair, he must shave his head on the day of his purification; he is to shave it on the seventh day. i 10On the eighth day he is to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. j 11The priest is to offer one as a
sin offering(s): Or purification offering, the sin offering was the most important OT sacrifice for cleansing from impurities. It provided purification from sin and certain forms of ceremonial uncleanness.
sin offering and the other as a
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offering m to make
atone/ atonement: A theological term for God's provision to deal with human sin. In the OT, it primarily means purification. In some contexts forgiveness, pardon, expiation, propitiation, or reconciliation is included. The basis of atonement is substitutionary sacrifice offered in faith. The OT sacrifices were types and shadows of the great and final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
atonement on behalf of the Nazirite, since he sinned because of the corpse. On that day he must consecrate
Lit set apart
his head again. p
12He is to rededicate his time of consecration to the Lord and to bring a year-old male lamb as a
restitution offering(s): An offering that was a penalty for unintentional sins, primarily in relation to the tabernacle or temple; traditionally trespass or guilt offering
restitution offering. r But do not count the previous period, because his consecrated hair became defiled.

13 “This is the law of the Nazirite: On the day his time of consecration is completed, he must be brought to the entrance to the tent of meeting. s 14He is to present an offering to the Lord t of one unblemished year-old male lamb as a burnt offering, one unblemished year-old female lamb as a sin offering, one unblemished ram as a
fellowship sacrifice(s) or offering(s): An animal offering was given to maintain and strengthen a person's relationship with God. It was not required as a remedy for impurity or sin but was an expression of thanksgiving for various blessings. An important function of this sacrifice was to provide meat for the priests and the participants in the sacrifice; it was also called the peace offering or the sacrifice of well-being.
fellowship offering, v
15along with their
grain offering(s): An offering given along with animal sacrifices or given by itself. A portion was burnt and the priests and participant ate the remainder.
grain offerings and
drink offering: An offering of a specified amount of wine or beer given along with animal sacrifices; it was poured over the sacrifice before it was burned.
drink offerings, y and a basket of unleavened cakes made from fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers coated with oil. z

16“The priest is to present these before the Lord and sacrifice the Nazirite’s sin offering and burnt offering. 17He will also offer the ram as a fellowship sacrifice to the Lord, together with the basket of unleavened bread. Then the priest will offer the accompanying grain offering and drink offering.

18“The Nazirite is to shave his consecrated head at the entrance to the tent of meeting, take the hair from his head, and put it on the fire under the fellowship sacrifice. 19The priest is to take the boiled shoulder from the ram, one unleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and put them into the hands aa of the Nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated head. 20The priest is to wave them as a presentation offering before the Lord. ab It is a holy portion for the priest, in addition to the breast of the presentation offering and the thigh of the contribution. ac After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.

21 “This is the ritual of the Nazirite who vows his offering to the Lord for his consecration, ad in addition to whatever else he can afford; he must fulfill whatever vow he makes in keeping with the ritual for his consecration.”

The Priestly Blessing

22 The Lord spoke to Moses: 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

24 May
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh bless you and protect you; af
25 may Yahweh make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you; ag
26 may Yahweh look with favor on you
Lit Lord lift His face to you

and give you peace.
Or prosperity

27In this way they will pronounce My name over
Or put My name on
the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
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