When a Nazirite completed a vow

Numbers Bible Background

02.21.2017 – Old Testament: Num 6.13–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 5–6 on February 21, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Sometimes an Israelite man or woman would take a vow of separation known as the Nazirite vow. This was a very special time for a child of Israel, and when that time had ended, the Lord wanted certain things done,

“Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And he shall present his offering to the LORD…” (Numbers 6.13–20). 

The offering of the Nazirite at the conclusion of his vow consisted of:

  • A male lamb
  • A ewe lamb
  • A ram
  • Unleavened bread
  • Cakes of fine flour and oil
  • Unleavened wafters anointed with oil
  • Grain offering
  • Drink offering
  • Shaving his head
  • Burn the hair on the altar
  • Boiled shoulder of ram, unleavened cake, unleavened wafer on the hand of the Nazirite
  • Priest made a wave offering

Then the Nazirite could resume drinking wine and do the other things of his life before he became a Nazirite. This all showed that the Israelite had done something special in dedication to the Lord.


  • What have you done special for the Lord?
  • What can you do special for Him?

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