Deuteronomy 21:12
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English Standard Version
and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails.

King James Bible
Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

American Standard Version
then thou shalt bring her home to thy house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt bring her into thy house: and she shall shave her hair, and pare her nails,

English Revised Version
then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Webster's Bible Translation
Then thou shalt bring her home to thy house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The elders of the town were to wash their hands over the slain heifer, i.e., to cleanse themselves by this symbolical act from the suspicion of any guilt on the part of the inhabitants of the town in the murder that had been committed (cf. Psalm 26:6; Psalm 73:13; Matthew 27:24), and then answer (to the charge involved in what had taken place), and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood (on the singular שׁפכה, see Ewald, 317, a.), and our eyes have not seen" (sc., the shedding of blood), i.e., we have neither any part in the crime nor any knowledge of it: "grant forgiveness (lit., 'cover up,' viz., the blood-guiltiness) to Thy people...and give not innocent blood in the midst of Thy people Israel," i.e., lay not upon us the innocent blood that has been shed by imputation and punishment. "And the blood shall be forgiven them," i.e., the bloodshed or murder shall not be imputed to them. On נכּפּר, a mixed form from the Niphal and Hithpael, see Ges. 55, and Ewald, 132, c.

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and she shall This was in token of renouncing her religion, and becoming a proselyte to that of the jews. This is still a custom in the East: when a Christian turns Mohammedan, his head is shaved, and he is carried through the city crying {le eelah eela allah wemochammed resoolu llahee, `There is no God but the GOD, and Mohammed is the prophet of God.'

1 Corinthians 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

pare her nails; `i.e. probably neither paring nor letting them grow, but dressing or beautifying them as the Eastern women still do by tinging them with leave of an odoriferous plant called alhenna, which Hasselquist (p.246) informs us, `grows in India and in upper and lower Egypt, flowering from May to August. The leaves are pulverized and made into a paste with water: they bond this paste on the nails of their hands and feet, and keep it on all night. This gives them a deep yellow, which is greatly admired by Eastern nations. The colour lasts for three or four weeks before there is occasion to renew it. The custom is so ancient in Egypt, that I have seen the nails of mummies dyed in this manner.'

Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:5
but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

Leviticus 14:8
And he who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes and shave off all his hair and bathe himself in water, and he shall be clean. And after that he may come into the camp, but live outside his tent seven days.

Leviticus 14:9
And on the seventh day he shall shave off all his hair from his head, his beard, and his eyebrows. He shall shave off all his hair, and then he shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and he shall be clean.

Numbers 6:9
"And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it.

Deuteronomy 21:11
and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife,

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