New American Standard Bible
'You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm 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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Round the corners of your heads - This may allude to such a custom as that of the Arabs described by Herodotus. They used to show honor to their deity Orotal by cutting the hair away from the temples in a circular form. Compare the margin reference.
Mar the corners of thy beard - It has been conjectured that this also relates to a custom which existed among the Arabs, but we are not informed that it had any idolatrous or magical association. As the same, or very similar customs, are mentioned in Leviticus 21:5, and in Deuteronomy 14:1, as well as here, it would appear that they may have been signs of mourning.
The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
List of Abbreviations Used in Reference to Rabbinic Writings Quoted in this Work.
The Eclipse and Rediscovery of the Old Testament
Eligius, Bishop of Noyon.
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.
'They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.
"You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.
that eighty men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria with their beards shaved off and their clothes torn and their bodies gashed, having grain offerings and incense in their hands to bring to the house of the LORD.
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