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Is Hair Burning In The Bible?

We found one story, thanks to a YouTube comment. After posting our hair burning video, a viewer offered a Christian perspective. She wrote...

YouTube comment about hair burning tradition and it's biblical significance

"The significance of burning hair is from one taking the Nazarite vow in Numbers 6. Once the vow has been completed, the Nazarite is to shave the hair off and burn it. Not superstition but spiritually significant to God as in story of Samson and Delilah. Apostle Paul also shaved and burned his hair upon completion of his vow in Acts 18. Although not taking a vow, my Auntie always burned her hair. I continue to do this practice as the Philistines obviously stole Samson's strength when they cut his hair which was sacred to God. Your hair is sacred to God but it's also desired by your enemy satan to do you harm. Therefore, continue to burn your hair ladies. Blessings" -kbleu2

An AI generated image of male and female Nazarite from biblical times.

I'm super grateful for kbleu2's comment, because she helped me dig deeper into hair's holiness. So I looked up the scriptures she mentioned. Here are the 3 references to hair and hair burning in the bible.

  • Numbers 6:5 (NIV), "During the entire period of their Nazarite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long."

  • Numbers 6:7c (NIV) reads, "because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head."

  • Numbers 6:18 (NIV) "Then at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the Nazarite must shave off the hair that symbolizes their dedication. They are to take the hair and put it in the fire that is under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering."

Kbleu2 also referenced Judges 16:17, which is the story of Samson and Delilah. Within the story Delilah learns that Samson's strength is in his hair -- which he had never cut.

Lastly, Acts 18, which is another biblical story referencing hair cutting. I'm not a Bible scholar, but the theme amongst these biblical scriptures seems to be that the hair is powerful, holds secrets to our strength and is strongly connected to the Divine.

AI generated image of Sampson during Biblical times with long flowing hair before the Sampson and Delilah story

What themes do you see in the scriptures above? Have you discovered hair burning in other places in the Bible? Do you think hair burning is a practice that is still spiritually relevant today?

Until next time...

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