Old Testament

The Pentateuch

What was the Nazirite vow?

This vow was made by men and women who wished to set themselves apart for God’s service for a prescribed time, or for life. As a rite of consecration, the Nazirite was not allowed to drink vinegar or eat anything produced on the grapevine. He was not allowed to cut his hair or go near a corpse, even if the deceased was a parent or sibling. The Nazirite made special offerings to God. Once the time of his consecration ended, he shaved his head and put the hair on the fire along with a sacrifice of well-being.


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