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A Nazirite Vow

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14th Numbers Chapter 6 A Nazirite Vow

Memory Verse: Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the nations are defiled which I am casting out before you. Leviticus 18:24 AMP


Devotional Reading: Numbers 6:1-8 AMP

And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, When either a man or a woman shall make a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, that is, one separated and consecrated to the Lord, He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar of wine or of strong drink, and shall drink no grape juice, or eat grapes, fresh or dried. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing produced from the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins. All the days of the vow of his separation and abstinence there shall no razor come upon his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long. All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he shall not go near a dead body. He shall not make himself unclean for his father, mother, brother, or sister, when they die, because his separation and abstinence to his God is upon his head. All the days of his separation and abstinence he is holy to the Lord.

“The word Nazirite (can also be spelled Nazarite) is from the Hebrew term nazir, meaning “to consecrate” and is derived from the Hebrew root nazar, meaning “to separate”.  The man or woman who took the Nazirite vow took an oath to separate himself or herself from the world and even from close kinship affiliation to serve only Yahweh (Numbers 6:2), making the Nazirite totally “holy unto Yahweh” (Numbers 6:8) [1].”

The expenses of the offerings of poor Nazarites were borne by the wealthy [2].


Footnotes

[1] Michal E. Hunt, “The Vow of The Nazirite.” AgapeBibleStudy.com, 1998, Revised 2007. Accessed March 27, 2015. http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/The%20Nazirite%20Vow.htm

[2] Jewish Encyclopedia. “Nairite.” http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com. Accessed March 27, 2015. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11395-nazarite


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