1 The LordI spokeII to Moses,III saying,
2 “Speak to the IsraelitesIV and say to them: When either menV or womenVI make a special vow,VII
the vowVIII of a nazirite,IX to separateX themselves to the Lord,XI
3 they shall separate themselves from wineXII and strong drink;XIII they shall drink no wine vinegarXIV or otherXV vinegar and shall not drinkXVI
anyXVII grapeXVIII juiceXIX or eatXX grapes, freshXXI or dried.XXII
4 AllXXIII their daysXXIV as naziritesXXV they shall eat nothingXXVI
that is producedXXVII by the grapevine,XXVIII not even the seedsXXIX or the skins.XXX
5 “All the days of their naziriteXXXI vow no razorXXXII shall comeXXXIII upon the head;XXXIV
until the timeXXXV is completedXXXVI for which they separate themselves to the Lord,XXXVII
they shall beXXXVIII holy;XXXIX they shall let the locksXL of the head grow long.XLI
6 “All the days that they separate themselves to the LordXLII they shall not go nearXLIII a corpse.XLIV
7 Even if their fatherXLV or mother,XLVI brotherXLVII or sister,XLVIII should die,XLIX
they may not defileL themselves, because their consecrationLI to GodLII is upon the head. 8 All their days as naziritesLIII they are holy to the Lord.LIV
9 “If someone suddenlyLV diesLVI nearby, defiling the head of the nazirite,LVII then they shall shaveLVIII the head on the day of their cleansing;LIX on the seventhLX day they shall shave it.
10 On the eighthLXI day they shall bringLXII twoLXIII turtledovesLXIV or two youngLXV pigeonsLXVI
to the priestLXVII at the entranceLXVIII of the tentLXIX of meeting,LXX
11 and the priest shall offerLXXI oneLXXII as a purification offeringLXXIII and the otherLXXIV
as a burnt offeringLXXV and make atonementLXXVI for them, because they incurred guiltLXXVII by reason of the corpse. They shall sanctifyLXXVIII the head that same day
12 and separate themselves to the LordLXXIX for their days as naziritesLXXX and bring a male lambLXXXI a yearLXXXII oldLXXXIII as a guilt offering.LXXXIV
The formerLXXXV time shall be voidLXXXVI because the nazariteLXXXVII was defiled.
13 “This is the lawLXXXVIII for the naziritesLXXXIX when the time of their consecration has been completed:XC they shall be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting,
14 and they shall offerXCI their giftXCII to the Lord,XCIII one male lamb a year old without blemishXCIV as a burnt offering,
one ewe lambXCV a year oldXCVI without blemish as a purification offering, one ramXCVII without blemish as an offering of well-being,XCVIII
15 and a basketXCIX of unleavened bread,C cakesCI of choice flourCII mixedCIII with oil,CIV
and unleavened wafersCV spreadCVI with oil, with their grain offeringCVII and their drink offerings.CVIII
16 The priest shall presentCIX them beforeCX the LordCXI and offerCXII their purification offering and burnt offering
17 and offerCXIII the ram as a sacrificeCXIV of well-being to the Lord,CXV with the basket of unleavened bread; the priest also shall makeCXVI the accompanying grain offering and drink offering.
18 Then the naziritesCXVII shall shave the consecrated head at the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall takeCXVIII the hairCXIX from the consecrated head and putCXX it on the fireCXXI underCXXII the sacrifice of well-being.
19 The priest shall take the shoulderCXXIII of the ram, when it is boiled,CXXIV and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer and shall put them in the palmsCXXV of the nazirites,CXXVI after they have shaved the consecrated head.
20 Then the priest shall elevateCXXVII them as an elevation offeringCXXVIII beforeCXXIX the Lord;CXXX they are a holyCXXXI portion for the priest,
together with the breastCXXXII that is elevatedCXXXIII and the thighCXXXIV that is offered.CXXXV After that the naziritesCXXXVI may drink wine.
21 “This is the law for the naziritesCXXXVII who take a vow.CXXXVIII Their offeringCXXXIX to the LordCXL
must be in accordance with the nazirite vow,CXLI apart fromCXLII what else they can afford.CXLIII
In accordance withCXLIV whatever vow they take,CXLV soCXLVI they shall do,CXLVII following the law for their consecration.”
22 The LordCXLVIII spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to AaronCXLIX and his sons,CL saying: Thus you shall blessCLI the Israelites:
You shall say to them:
24 The LordCLII bless you and keepCLIII you;
25 the LordCLIV make his faceCLV to shineCLVI upon you and be graciousCLVII to you;
26 the LordCLVIII lift upCLIX his countenanceCLX upon you and giveCLXI you peace.CLXII
27 “So they shall putCLXIII my nameCLXIV on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Image credit: “Samson and the Lion” at the Bälinge Church by Peder the Painter, 1621-1622. Photo by Sven Rosborn.