Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Numbers 6:2

Context
NETBible

“Speak to the Israelites, and tell them, ‘When either a man or a woman 1  takes a special vow, 2  to take a vow 3  as a Nazirite, 4  to separate 5  himself to the Lord,

XREF

Ex 33:16; Le 20:26; Le 27:2; Nu 6:5,6; Jud 13:5; 1Sa 1:28; Pr 18:1; Am 2:11,12; Lu 1:15; Ac 21:23,24; Ro 1:1; 2Co 6:16; Ga 1:15; Heb 7:27

NET © Notes

tn The formula is used here again: “a man or a woman – when he takes.” The vow is open to both men and women.

tn The vow is considered special in view of the use of the verb יַפְלִא (yafli’), the Hiphil imperfect of the verb “to be wonderful, extraordinary.”

tn The construction uses the infinitive construct followed by the cognate accusative: “to vow a vow.” This intensifies the idea that the vow is being taken carefully.

tn The name of the vow is taken from the verb that follows; נָזַר (nazar) means “to consecrate oneself,” and so the Nazirite is a consecrated one. These are folks who would make a decision to take an oath for a time or for a lifetime to be committed to the Lord and show signs of separation from the world. Samuel was to be a Nazirite, as the fragment of the text from Qumran confirms – “he will be a נָזִיר (nazir) forever” (1 Sam 1:22).

tn The form of the verb is an Hiphil infinitive construct, forming the wordplay and explanation for the name Nazirite. The Hiphil is here an internal causative, having the meaning of “consecrate oneself” or just “consecrate to the Lord.”



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