Nazirites

Nazirites (Naz´uh-rits; Heb., “dedicated” or “consecrated” [ones])

Men or women who entered a consecrated state upon their own or a parent’s vow (Num 6:1-21; 1Sam 1:1-11; Judg 13:1-7). The three main conditions for entering and remaining in this holy state were refraining from the fruit of the vine and other intoxicants, not allowing a razor to touch one’s hair for one’s term as a Nazirite, and not going near a dead body—not even that of one’s own father or mother (Num 6:1-7). Samuel is not explicitly named a Nazirite, but the wording of the vow made by his mother, Hannah (1Sam 1:11), strongly suggests he should be counted as one. Samson is the most famous, explicitly named Nazirite (Judg 13:7; Judg 16:17). Both Samuel and Samson were consecrated by vows uttered when they were still in their mothers’ wombs.

Num 6:1-21

The Nazirites
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When either men or women make a special vow, the vow of a nazirite, to ... View more

1Sam 1:1-11

Samuel's Birth and Dedication
1There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of El ... View more

Judg 13:1-7

The Birth of Samson
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.2There ... View more

Num 6:1-7

The Nazirites
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When either men or women make a special vow, the vow of a nazirite, to ... View more

1Sam 1:11

11She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your ... View more

Judg 13:7

7but he said to me, ‘You shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a nazirite to God f ... View more

Judg 16:17

17So he told her his whole secret, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If my head we ... View more

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