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Answer:He probably did.

There are verses in the New Testament that indicate that John the Baptist was a Nazarite. One of the qualifications to be a Nazarite is that he couldn't drink wine.

Numbers 6:3 (KJV) He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

The verses below show that John was conforming to this requirement.

Luke 1:15 (KJV) For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

Luke 7:33 (KJV) For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

It appears that John the Baptist was conforming to the laws of the Nazarites as stated in Numbers 6:1-21. One of the qualifications of being a Nazarite was that he couldn't have his hair cut.

Numbers 6:5 (KJV) All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no rasor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

There are three Nazarites mentioned in The Bible:

  • Samson (specifically stated)
  • Samuel (indicated)
  • John the Baptist (indicated)

All three of these men were children when they were used of God.


Judges 13:5 (KJV) For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.


1 Samuel 1:11 (KJV) And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.

John the Baptist

Luke 1:15 (KJV) For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

So, it appears that John the Baptist was a Nazarite and if so he had long hair.

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We cannot assume when answering question because in doing so it is just one's opinion and not scripture. The scripture says John the Baptist was a Nazarene and the qualification was not to cut your hair, therefore, one cannot deviate from this to support what Paul is saying. The command was give by God to the the Nazarenes, Paul is saying for men to cut their hair, so is this God or Paul. I'm reminded when Paul tells Onesimus to return to your master and also saying slaves obey your masters. I am a black man and no man has the right to own another man. I am so glad my people fought the slave masters in America. These are Paul's words and one must separate them from God. 1 Corinthians 11:16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice nor do the churches of God.

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