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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Numbers 6

Chapter 6

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:


5,6 Exodus 33:16 Leviticus 20:26 Proverbs 18:1 Romans 1:1 2 Corinthians 6:16 Galatians 1:15 Hebrews 7:27

separate themselves

The word yaphli, rendered "shall separate themselves," signifies, "the doing of something extraordinary," and is the same word as is used concerning the making a singular vow. (Le 27:2); it seems to convey the idea of a person's acting from extraordinary zeal for God and religion.

to vow

Leviticus 27:2 Judges 13:5 1 Samuel 1:28 Amos 2:11,12 Luke 1:15 Acts 21:23,24

to separate themselves

or, to make themselves Nazarites. Lahazzir, from nazar, to be separate; hence nazir, a Nazarite, i.e., a person separated; one peculiarly devoted to the service of God by being separated from all servile employments. The Nazarites were of two kinds: such as were devoted to God by their parents in their infancy, or even sometimes before they were born; and such as devoted themselves. The former were Nazarites for life; and the latter commonly bound themselves to observe the laws of the Nazarites for a limited time. The Nazarites for life were not bound to the same strictness as the others, concerning whom the laws relate.

He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

Leviticus 10:9 Judges 13:14 Proverbs 31:4,5 Jeremiah 35:6-8 Amos 2:12 Luke 1:15 Luke 7:33,34 21:34 Ephesians 5:18 1 Thessalonians 5:22 1 Timothy 5:23

All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.


or, Nazariteship.


vine tree

Heb. vine of the wine.

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.


Judges 13:5 16:17,19 1 Samuel 1:11 Lamentations 4:7,8 1 Corinthians 11:10-15

All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.

he shall come

19:11-16 Leviticus 19:28 Jeremiah 16:5,6 Ezekiel 24:16-18 Matthew 8:21,22 Luke 9:59,60 2 Corinthians 5:16

He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.


9:6 Leviticus 21:1,2,10-12 Ezekiel 44:25


Heb. separation. This expression, "the consecration, or separation, of God is on his head," denotes his hair, which was the proof and emblem of his separation, and of his subjection to God through all the peculiarities of his Nazarate. St. Paul probably alludes to this circumstance in 1 Co 11:10 by considering a married woman as a Nazarite for life, i.e., separated from all others, and united to her husband, to whom she is subject.

All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD.

2 Corinthians 6:17,18

And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

and he



18 Acts 18:18 21:23,24 Philippians 3:8,9

And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

Leviticus 1:14 5:7-10 9:1-21 12:6 14:22,23,31 15:14,29 Romans 4:25 John 2:1,2

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.


Leviticus 5:8-10 14:30,31

and shall

Verse 12

And he shall consecrate unto the LORD the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.

a trespass

Leviticus 5:6 14:24

but the

Ezekiel 18:24 Matthew 3:15 24:13 John 8:29-31 James 2:10 2 John 1:8


Heb. fall.

And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

are fulfilled

Acts 21:26

And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings,

one he

Leviticus 1:10-13 1 Chronicles 15:26,28,29

one ewe

Leviticus 4:2,3,27,32 Malachi 1:13,14 1 Peter 1:19

one ram

Leviticus 3:6

And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.

a basket

Leviticus 2:4 8:2 9:4 John 6:50-59


Exodus 29:2


15:5,7,10 Isaiah 62:9 Joel 1:9,13 2:14 1 Corinthians 10:31 11:26

And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

shave the head

The hair, which was permitted to grow for this purpose, was shaven off, as a token that the vow was accomplished.

5,9 Acts 18:18 21:24,26

and put it

Luke 17:10 Ephesians 1:6

And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:

the sodden

Leviticus 8:31 1 Samuel 2:15

put them

Exodus 29:23-28 Leviticus 7:30 8:27

And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.

the priest shall

5:25 Exodus 29:27,28 Leviticus 9:21 10:15 23:11

with the wave

18:18 Leviticus 7:31,34

and after

Psalms 16:10,11 Ecclesiastes 9:7 Isaiah 25:6 35:10 53:10-12 Zechariah 9:15,17 10:7 Matthew 26:29 Mark 14:25 John 17:4,5 19:30 2 Timothy 4:7,8

This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the LORD for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.

the law


beside that

Ezra 2:69 Galatians 6:6 Hebrews 13:16

Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

Genesis 14:19,20 24:60 27:27-29 28:3,4 47:7,10 48:20 Leviticus 9:22,23 Deuteronomy 10:8 21:5 33:1 Joshua 8:33 1 Chronicles 23:13 Luke 24:50,51 Romans 1:7 1 Corinthians 1:3 2 Corinthians 13:14 Hebrews 7:1,7 11:20,21 1 Peter 1:2 2 Peter 1:2,3 2 John 1:3

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord

Ruth 2:4 Psalms 134:3 1 Corinthians 14:16 Ephesians 6:24 Philippians 4:23 Revelation 1:4,5

keep thee

Psalms 91:11 121:4-7 Isaiah 27:3 42:6 John 17:11 Philippians 4:7 1 Thessalonians 5:23 1 Peter 1:5 Jude 1:24

The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord

Psalms 21:6 31:16 67:1 80:1-3,7,19 119:135 Daniel 9:17


Genesis 43:29 Exodus 33:19 Malachi 1:9 John 1:17

The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

lift up

Psalms 4:6 42:5 89:15 Acts 2:28

give thee

Psalms 29:11 Isaiah 26:3,12 57:19 Micah 5:5 Luke 2:14 John 14:27 16:33 John 20:21,26 Acts 10:36 Romans 5:1 15:13,33 Ephesians 2:14-17 6:23 Philippians 4:7 2 Thessalonians 3:16

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

put my

Exodus 3:13-15 6:3 34:5-7 Deuteronomy 28:10 2 Chronicles 7:14 Isaiah 43:7 Jeremiah 14:9 Daniel 9:18,19 Matthew 28:19

and I will

23:20 Genesis 12:2,3 32:26,29 1 Chronicles 4:10 Psalms 5:12 67:7 115:12,13 Ephesians 1:3