A SPIRITUAL THOUGHT ON HAIRCUTS
As a Christian, you always want to live right, keeping to all the rules and guidelines that God has lovingly set for us in His Love Book, the Bible. However, we get to some confusing points in our Christian walk where we have no clear instructions on how to move forward.
One of these points is an instruction on what to do with our hair. What is the Bible’s stand concerning haircuts, and what are the guidelines for hair maintenance in the Bible?
The Old Testament clearly directs priests (Leviticus 21: 5, Ezekiel 44:20) and Nazarites (Numbers 6:2-4) about what to do with their hair, but does not totally stop Jews from cutting their hair. Some major references for those that had their hair cut in the Bible include 2 Samuel 14: 26, where Absalom cut his hair yearly, and Ezekiel 5:1, where God commanded Ezekiel to cut his hair.
1 Corinthians 11: 14-15 is a reference in the New Testament that says, “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.”
In conclusion, the Holy Spirit deals differently with every Christian, just as is the case with God and the Jews, priests, and Nazarites. Therefore, each Christian must strive to hear the Holy Spirit for themselves in a clear and still voice and obey His direction concerning every facet of life.
Bible Verses About Haircuts
Leviticus 13:40 – “If a man’s hair has fallen from his head, he is bald. He is clean.
Leviticus 13:41 – If his hair has fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead bald. He is clean.
Leviticus 14:9 – It shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows. He shall shave off all his hair. He shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his body in water. Then he shall be clean.
Leviticus 19:27 – “‘You shall not cut the hair on the sides of your head or clip off the edge of your beard.
Numbers 6:5 – “‘All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall come on his head, until the days are fulfilled in which he separates himself to Yahweh. He shall be holy. He shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long.
Numbers 6:18 – The Nazirite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the Tent of Meeting, take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings.
Judges 16:22 – However, the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved.
Ezra 9:3 – When I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled the hair out of my head and of my beard, and sat down confounded.
Nehemiah 13:25 – I contended with them, and cursed them, and struck certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons, or for yourselves.
Isaiah 50:6 – I gave my back to those who beat me, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair. I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
Jeremiah 7:29 – Cut off your hair, and throw it away, and take up a lamentation on the bare heights; for Yahweh has rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
Jeremiah 9:26 – Egypt, Judah, Edom, the children of Ammon, Moab, and all who have the corners of their hair cut off, who dwell in the wilderness, for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”
Ezekiel 5:1 – You, son of man, take a sharp sword. You shall take it as a barber’s razor to yourself, and shall cause it to pass over your head and over your beard. Then take balances to weigh and divide the hair.
Ezekiel 44:20 – They shall not shave their heads, or allow their locks to grow long. They shall only cut off the hair of their heads.
Micah 1:16 – Shave your heads, and cut off your hair for the children of your delight. Enlarge your baldness like the vulture; for they have gone into captivity from you!
1 Corinthians 11:6 – For if a woman is not covered, let her hair also be cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or be shaved, let her be covered.