Numbers 6

Chapter 6

6:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Moses, saying

There is a beautiful moral order in chapters 6.-7.; separation, Numbers 6:1-12, worship, Numbers 6:13-21, blessing, Numbers 6:22-27 service, Numbers 7:1-89 . See Hebrews 13:12-16 .

6:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:


The Nazarite (more accurately Nazirite, one separated) was a person of either sex separated wholly unto the Lord. Abstention from wine, the symbol of mere natural joy Psalms 104:15 was the expression of a devotedness which found all its joy in the Lord (cf) ; Psalms 87:7 ; 97:12 ; Habakkuk 3:18 ; Philemon 3:1 Philemon 3:3 ; Philemon 4:4 Philemon 4:10 . The long hair, naturally a reproach to man 1 Corinthians 11:14 was at once the visible sign of the Nazarite's separation, and of his willingness to bear reproach for Jehovah's sake. The type found its perfect fulfilment in Jesus, who was "holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners" Hebrews 7:26 who was utterly separated unto the Father ; John 1:18 ; 6:38 who allowed no mere natural claim to hinder or divert Him. Matthew 12:46-50 .

6:11  And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.


(See Scofield "Exodus 29:33") .