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“‘All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he must not contact[a] a dead body.[b]

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  1. Numbers 6:6 tn The Hebrew verb is simply “enter, go,” no doubt with the sense of go near.
  2. Numbers 6:6 tn The Hebrew has נֶפֶשׁ מֵת (nefesh met), literally a “dead person.” But since the word נֶפֶשׁ can also be used for animals, the restriction would be for any kind of corpse. Death was very much a part of the fallen world, and so for one so committed to the Lord, avoiding all such contamination would be a witness to the greatest separation, even in a family.

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