Numbers 6:1-21 (New International Version)

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The Nazirite

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If a man or woman wants to make a special vow1, a vow of separation2 to the LORD as a Nazirite,3 3 he must abstain from wine4 and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar5 made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or eat grapes6 or raisins. 4 As long as he is a Nazirite, he must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins. 5 " 'During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor7 may be used on his head.8 He must be holy until the period of his separation to the LORD is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long. 6 Throughout the period of his separation to the LORD he must not go near a dead body.9 7 Even if his own father or mother or brother or sister dies, he must not make himself ceremonially unclean10 on account of them, because the symbol of his separation to God is on his head. 8 Throughout the period of his separation he is consecrated to the LORD. 9 " 'If someone dies suddenly in his presence, thus defiling the hair he has dedicated,11 he must shave his head on the day of his cleansing12--the seventh day. 10 Then on the eighth day13 he must bring two doves or two young pigeons14 to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.15 11 The priest is to offer one as a sin offering16 and the other as a burnt offering17 to make atonement18 for him because he sinned by being in the presence of the dead body. That same day he is to consecrate his head. 12 He must dedicate himself to the LORD for the period of his separation and must bring a year-old male lamb19 as a guilt offering.20 The previous days do not count, because he became defiled during his separation. 13 " 'Now this is the law for the Nazirite when the period of his separation is over.21 He is to be brought to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.22 14 There he is to present his offerings to the LORD: a year-old male lamb without defect23 for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering,24 a ram25 without defect for a fellowship offering,a26 15 together with their grain offerings27 and drink offerings,28 and a basket of bread made without yeast--cakes made of fine flour mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil.29 16 " 'The priest is to present them30 before the LORD31 and make the sin offering and the burnt offering.32 17 He is to present the basket of unleavened bread and is to sacrifice the ram as a fellowship offering33 to the LORD, together with its grain offering34 and drink offering.35 18 " 'Then at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the Nazirite must shave off the hair that he dedicated.36 He is to take the hair and put it in the fire that is under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering. 19 " 'After the Nazirite has shaved off the hair of his dedication, the priest is to place in his hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and a cake and a wafer from the basket, both made without yeast.37 20 The priest shall then wave them before the LORD as a wave offering;38 they are holy39 and belong to the priest, together with the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented.40 After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.41 21 " 'This is the law of the Nazirite42 who vows his offering to the LORD in accordance with his separation, in addition to whatever else he can afford. He must fulfill the vow43 he has made, according to the law of the Nazirite.' "
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