Numbers 6

Law of the Nazirites

1Again the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When a man or woman makes a
Or difficult
special vow, the vow of b  a
I.e. one separated
Nazirite, to
Or live as a Nazirite
dedicate himself to the  Lord,
3he shall e  abstain 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. 4All the days of his
Or living as a Nazirite, and so through v 21
separation he shall not eat anything that is produced by the grape vine, from the seeds even to the skin.

5All the days of his vow of separation g  no 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.

6h  All the days of his separation to the  Lord he shall not go near to a dead person. 7‘He i  shall 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. 8All the days of his separation he is holy to the  Lord.

9But if a man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his dedicated head of hair, then j  he shall shave his head on the day when he becomes clean; k  he shall shave it on the seventh day. 10Then on the eighth day he shall bring l  two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting. 11The priest shall offer m  one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him
Lit because of that which he sinned
concerning his sin because of the dead person. And that same day he shall consecrate his head,
12and shall dedicate to the  Lord his days
Or of dedication
as a
I.e. one separated
Nazirite, 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.

13Now this is the law of the Nazirite q  when the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall bring
Lit it
the offering to the doorway of the tent of meeting.
14He shall present his offering to the  Lord: one male lamb a year old without defect for a burnt offering and one s  ewe-lamb a year old without defect for a sin offering and one ram without defect for a peace offering, 15and a basket of t  unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil and unleavened wafers spread with oil, along with u  their grain offering and their drink offering. 16Then the priest shall present them before the  Lord and shall offer his sin offering and his burnt offering. 17He 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. 18v  The 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. 19w  The 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
Lit palms
hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his
Or separated
dedicated hair.
20Then 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 z  afterward the Nazirite may drink wine.’

21This is the law of the Nazirite who vows his offering to the  Lord according to his separation, in addition to what else
Lit his hand can reach
he can afford; according to his vow which he takes, so he shall do according to the law of his separation.”

Aaron’s Benediction

22Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus ab  you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 24The  Lord ac  bless you, and ad  keep you;

25The  Lord ae  make His face shine on you,
And af  be gracious to you;

26The  Lord ag  lift up His countenance on you,
And ah  give you peace.’

27“So they shall
Lit put
aj  invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”
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