New International Version
"'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
King James Bible
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Darby Bible Translation
ye shall not shave the corners of your head round, neither shalt thou mutilate the corners of thy beard.
World English Bible
"'You shall not cut the hair on the sides of your heads, neither shall you clip off the edge of your beard.
Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not round the corner of your head, nor destroy the corner of thy beard.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye shall not round the corners your heads - This and the following verse evidently refer to customs which must have existed among the Egyptians when the Israelites sojourned in Egypt; and what they were it is now difficult, even with any probability, to conjecture. Herodotus observes that the Arabs shave or cut their hair round, in honor of Bacchus, who, they say, had his hair cut in this way, lib. iii., cap. 8. He says also that the Macians, a people of Libya, cut their hair round, so as to leave a tuft on the top of the head, lib. iv., cap. 175. In this manner the Chinese cut their hair to the present day. This might have been in honor of some idol, and therefore forbidden to the Israelites.
The hair was much used in divination among the ancients, and for purposes of religious superstition among the Greeks; and particularly about the time of the giving of this law, as this is supposed to have been the era of the Trojan war. We learn from Homer that it was customary for parents to dedicate the hair of their children to some god; which, when they came to manhood, they cut off and consecrated to the deity. Achilles, at the funeral of Patroclus, cut off his golden locks which his father had dedicated to the river god Sperchius, and threw them into the flood: -
Στας απανευθε πυρης ξονθην απεκειρατο χαιτην,
Την ῥα Σπερχειῳ ποταμῳ τρεφε τηλεθοωσαν·
Οχθησας δ' αρα ειπεν, ιδων επι οινοπα ποντον·
Σπερχει', αλλως σοι γε πατηρ ηρησατο Πηλευς. κ. τ. λ.
Iliad, 1. xxiii., ver. 142, etc.
But great Achilles stands apart in prayer,
And from his head divides the yellow hair,
Those curling locks which from his youth he vowed,
And sacred threw to Sperchius' honored flood.
Then sighing, to the deep his looks he cast,
And rolled his eyes around the watery waste.
Sperchius! whose waves, in mazy errors lost,
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"Thou shalt not bear any grudge." --LEVITICUS xix. 11-18. How searching is that demand upon the soul! My forgiveness of my brother is to be complete. No sullenness is to remain, no sulky temper which so easily gives birth to thunder and lightning. There is to be no painful aloofness, no assumption of a superiority which rains contempt upon the offender. When I forgive, I am not to carry any powder forward on the journey. I am to empty out all my explosives, all my ammunition of anger and revenge. …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The Law of Love
Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Appendix xiv. The Law in Messianic Times.
"'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
"'Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies.
You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
eighty men who had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes and cut themselves came from Shechem, Shiloh and Samaria, bringing grain offerings and incense with them to the house of the LORD.
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