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Chapter 6

1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If anyone, man or woman, explicitly a See note at Lev. 22.21 . utters a nazirite's vow, to set himself apart for the LORD, 3he shall abstain from wine and any other intoxicant; he shall not drink vinegar of wine or of any other intoxicant, neither shall he drink anything in which grapes have been steeped, nor eat grapes fresh or dried. 4Throughout his term as nazirite, he may not eat anything that is obtained from the grapevine, even seeds or skin. b Meaning of Heb. ḥarṣannim and zag uncertain.

5Throughout the term of his vow as nazirite, no razor shall touch his head; it shall remain consecrated until the completion of his term as nazirite of the LORD, the hair ofhis head being left to grow untrimmed. 6Throughout the term that he has set apart for the LORD, he shall not go in where there is a dead person. 7Even if his father or mother, or his brother or sister should die, he must not defile himself for them, since a‐ Others “his consecration unto God.” hair set apart for his God ‐a Others “his consecration unto God.” is upon his head: 8throughout his term as nazirite he is consecrated to the LORD.

9If a person dies suddenly near him, b Cf. Num. 19.14–16. defiling his consecrated hair, he shall shave his head on the day he becomes clean; he shall shave it on the seventh day. 10On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two pigeons to the priest, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 11The priest shall offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and make expiation on his behalf for the guilt that he incurred through the corpse. That same day he shall reconsecrate his head 12and rededicate to the LORD his term as nazirite; and he shall bring a lamb in its first year as a penalty offering. The previous period shall be void, since his consecrated hair was defiled.

13This is the ritual for the nazirite: On the day that his term as nazirite is completed, he c Or “it,” i.e., the consecrated hair; cf. v. 19. shall be brought to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 14As his offering to the LORD he shall present: one male lamb in its first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; one ewe lamb in its first year, without blemish, for a sin offering; one ram without blemish for an offering of well‐being; 15a basket of unleavened cakes of choice flour with oil mixed in, and unleavened wafers spread with oil; and the proper meal offerings and libations.

16The priest shall present them before the LORD and offer the sin offering and the burnt offering. 17He shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of well‐being to the LORD, together with the basket of unleavened cakes; the priest shall also offer the meal offerings and the libations. 18The nazirite shall then shave his consecrated hair, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and take the locks of his consecrated hair and put them on the fire that is under the sacrifice of well‐being.

19The priest shall take the shoulder of the ram when it has been boiled, one unleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and place them on the hands of the nazirite after he has shaved his consecrated hair. 20The priest shall elevate them as an elevation offering before the LORD; and this shall be a sacred donation for the priest, in addition to the breast of the elevation offeringand the thigh of gift offering. After that the nazirite may drink wine.

21Such is the obligation of a nazirite; except that he who vows an offering to the LORD of what he can afford, beyond his nazirite requirements, must do exactly according to the vow that he has made beyond his obligation as a nazirite.

22The LORD spoke to Moses: 23Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel. Say to them:

24The LORD bless you and protect you! 25The LORD a‐ Others “make His face to shine upon thee and be gracious to thee.” deal kindly and graciously with you! ‐a Others “make His face to shine upon thee and be gracious to thee.” 26The LORD b‐ Others “lift up His countenance.” bestow His favor ‐b Others “lift up His countenance.” upon you and grant you peace! c Or “friendship.” 27Thus they shall link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.


a See note at Lev. 22.21 .

b Meaning of Heb. ḥarṣannim and zag uncertain.

a‐a Others “his consecration unto God.”

b Cf. Num. 19.14–16.

c Or “it,” i.e., the consecrated hair; cf. v. 19.

a‐a Others “make His face to shine upon thee and be gracious to thee.”

b‐b Others “lift up His countenance.”

c Or “friendship.”

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