Numbers 6:2-12 (New International Version)

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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.
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