Section 3: Health and Life Choices, Article 12

The Nazarite Vow and Lifestyle

“The blessings of thy father have prevailed
above the blessings of my progenitors
unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:
they shall be on the head of Joseph,
and on the crown of the head of him that was
separate from his brethren.”
Genesis 49:26.

hen only the best will do! When you crave to be one of the few, one of the privileged, one “that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High,” you are hearing the Nazarite call. “Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than
rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.” We know from Scriptures that Joseph was a Nazarite (Genesis 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:16); Samson was one from conception (Judges 13:5); so were Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11); and Daniel (Daniel 1:8, 16). By the elevated pattern of their lives, we can see Nazarite purity and exalted character in many others, such as Enoch, Shem, Abraham, Jacob, Levi, Moses, Aaron, David, Nathan, Zadok, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Zerubbabel. Psalms 91:1; Lamentations 4:7.
What is a Nazarite? Very simply, anyone who willingly accepts Yehuveh’s call to dwell “in the secret place of the Most High.” The requirements are very simple:

“He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.” Nazarites are to eat nothing from the grape vine—no grape juice, wine, vinegar, grapes, raisin,s nor grape leaves. Numbers 6:3-4.

“All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto Yehuveh, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.” Nazarites are not to shave their heads, though lifelong Nazarites are to keep their hair neatly trimmed just as every other representative of Yehuveh does. Samson specifically mentioned this: “There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto Elohim from my mother’s womb.” As hair comes out of the head, thoughts come out of the mind. Hair became emblem of the extended mental capacity possible under this lifestyle. When the vow ended, when the Nazarite ceased the lifestyle and the mind lost this wider capacity, the hair was cut to graphically portray this change. To let their hair grow was emphatically symbolic of letting their mind enlarge. Numbers 6:5; Judges 16:17.
        Some take the
Nazarite vow for life, and the question is raised whether their hair must remained uncut and unstyled for life. The restriction is to shaving the head or having the hair exceedingly short, but not to trimming the beard or styling the hair. Scriptures have much to say on this subject.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     25 October 2005
Latest Update:             9 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 12   

Enlarged Capacity of Mind        The Lifelong Nazarite Vow        Polished of Sapphire       
What Scriptures Say About Shaving Head and Beard       

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