Numbers Chapter 5 lacked any numbers but it made up for it with a huge dose of misogyny. Now I don’t know what to expect in Chapter 6. More numbers or more hatred of women, or possibly both?
“If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.” – Numbers 6:2-4
A wedding without wine? What the hell God?!?! 🙂
“During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long.” – Numbers 6:5
Long hair is holy, short hair is not. Good to know.
“Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body. Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially unclean on account of them, because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head.” – Numbers 6:6-7
A family member dies when you are about to get married? Too bad, can’t go near the body. So much for that open casket funeral!
“If someone dies suddenly in the Nazirite’s presence, thus defiling the hair that symbolizes their dedication, they must shave their head on the seventh day—the day of their cleansing. Then on the eighth day they must bring two doves or two young pigeons to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.” – Numbers 6:9-10
Okay, this is just ridiculous. Seriously? Someone dies in your presence and you must shave your hair? I suppose if the Nazirite lets the body decompose and rolls around in the maggot infested remains then I might shave my hair too, but otherwise this is just silly.
“After the Nazirite has shaved off the hair that symbolizes their dedication, the priest is to place in their hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and one thick loaf and one thin loaf from the basket, both made without yeast.” – Numbers 6:19
A BOILED ram’s shoulder, not a FRIED ram’s shoulder, mind you. 🙂
That concludes Numbers 6. A bunch of rules regarding the dedication (wedding) of a man and a woman who are Nazirite’s. Shave your hair, don’t shave your hair, and shave it again. Sigh.
Coming Soon: Numbers – Chapter 7: Offerings at the Dedication of the Tabernacle