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Go to Bible: Numbers 6
Num 6:1(top)
Num 6:2(top)
Num 6:3

“vinegar of wine.” This refers to any drink made from wine that has been allowed to sour or ferment.

“fermented drink.” This would include beer, which was a common drink.

“nor eat fresh grapes or dried.” In the hot climate of the biblical world (and the grape harvest was usually in July), grapes would begin to ferment and produce alcohol very quickly, so no grapes could be eaten.

Num 6:4(top)
Num 6:5(top)
Num 6:6(top)
Num 6:7(top)
Num 6:8(top)
Num 6:9

“his dedicated head of hair.” Literally, “the head of his separation.”

Num 6:10(top)
Num 6:11

“the dead person.” The Hebrew just has “the nephesh,” that is, the “soul” or the “person,” but the context makes it clear it was the dead person. In Hebrew just as in English, a dead “person” is still referred to as a “person” even after they are dead. They will be raised from the dead and judged at one of the resurrections.

Num 6:12

“his days as a Nazarite.” Or, perhaps, “the days of his separation” [as a Nazarite].

Num 6:13(top)
Num 6:14

“a peace offering.” The Hebrew form of the word is always plural (thus some English translation, “peace offerings”), but it was a single sacrifice and should be understood as “a peace offering.”

Num 6:15

“loaves.” In the biblical world, a “loaf” of bread was like a pancake, not like a modern loaf of bread.

Num 6:16

“approach with them.” The verb is the same as “approach” in the approach offering (Num. 6:14; Lev. 1:2). The priest would offer the sacrifices on the altar in front of the Tent of Meeting (the “Tabernacle”). However, he was to “approach” (or “come near to”) God with the approach offering that gave him entre to Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel. We now approach God boldly and freely due to the “approach offering” of Jesus Christ.

Num 6:17(top)
Num 6:18(top)
Num 6:19(top)
Num 6:20

“may drink wine.” This is a permission, not a command. The Nazirite may drink if he or she wants to.

Num 6:21

“he can provide.” The Hebrew is more idiomatic: “whatever else his hand can reach.”

Num 6:22(top)
Num 6:23(top)
Num 6:24

“keep you.” The blessing is for divine protection and that Yahweh would protect, guard, watch over, and care for Israel.

Num 6:25(top)
Num 6:26

“peace.” The Hebrew word “shalom” means much more than just “peace.” It refers to being healthy, prosperous, and whole.

Num 6:27(top)

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