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Numbers 6:9

Context
NETBible

“‘If anyone dies very suddenly 1  beside him and he defiles 2  his consecrated head, 3  then he must shave his head on the day of his purification – on the seventh day he must shave it.

XREF

Nu 6:18; Nu 19:14-19; Ac 18:18; Ac 21:23,24; Php 3:8,9

NET © Notes

tn The construction uses the imperfect tense followed by the infinitive absolute, יָמוּת מֵת (yamut met). Because the verb is in a conditional clause, the emphasis that is to be given through the infinitive must stress the contingency. The point is “if someone dies – unexpectedly.” The next words underscore the suddenness of this.

tn The verb is the Piel perfect with a vav (ו) consecutive; it continues the idea within the conditional clause.

sn The expression is figurative for the vow that he took; the figure is the metonymy because the reference to the head is a reference to the long hair that symbolizes the oath.



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