Various conditions, both physical and spiritual, are indicated in Scripture by human hair. Animal hair is used for a variety of purposes.
Physical qualities of human hair
Greying hair as a sign of declining strength Hos 7:9
Hair as indicating physical or spiritual conditions
Hair standing on end indicates fear Job 4:15
Rituals and customs involving the hair
Rules concerning hair for those being cleansed Lev 14:8-9
Hair used to wipe Jesus Christ’s feet
Nazirite vows forbade the cutting of hair
The reason for taking a Nazirite vow, separation to the Lord Nu 6:1-2 While attention is often focused on Nazirite prohibitions, it is important to note that the primary reason was for separating oneself to God. Both men and women could make the vow; Nu 6:8
The rules for re-establishing a broken Nazirite vow Nu 6:9-12
The regulations for completing the Nazirite vow Nu 6:13-17 The Nazirite vow is completed, first, through prescribed sacrifices; Nu 6:18 The Nazirite vow is completed, second, through cutting off one’s hair and burning it on the altar; Nu 6:19-20 The Nazirite vow is completed, third, through ritual acts performed by the priest.
Examples of people dedicated to being lifelong Nazirites Samson was a lifelong Nazirite: Jdg 13:2-7; Jdg 16:1-22
1Sa 1:10-11 Samuel was a lifelong Nazirite; Lk 1:13-15 John the Baptist was possibly a Nazirite.
Nazirites to be seen as gifts from God to his people Am 2:11-12
Expressions involving hair
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