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Leviticus 19:27 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(27) Round the corners of your heads.—That is, they are not to shave off the hair around the temples and behind the ears, so as to leave the head bald except a dish-like tuft upon the crown, thus imparting to their heads the form of a hemisphere. This was done by the Arabs, and other worshippers of the god Orotal. Hence the Arabs are ironically called “those with the corner of their hair polled,” as it is rightly rendered in the Margin (Jer. 9:26; Jer. 25:23; Jer. 49:32).

Mar the corners of thy beard.—The beard was regarded by the Hebrews and other eastern nations as the greatest ornament of a man, and was as dear to them as life itself. It was the object of salutation (2Sa. 20:9), and the mutilation of it was looked upon as the greatest disgrace and most degrading punishment (2Sa. 10:4; Isa. 7:20; Ezr. 5:1-5, &c.). It was only in seasons of sorrow that the Hebrews neglected their beards; and sometimes, to show how deeply they were afflicted, they covered them up, or even cut them off, or tore them out (2Sa. 19:24; Isa. 15:2; Jer. 41:5, &c.). Because it was so precious a treasure, it was customary among some of the ancients to present to their gods the firstlings of their beards. The prohibition before us alludes to this practice.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 19:27 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 19:27 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Leviticus 19:27 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 19:27 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 19:27 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 19:27 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 19:27 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 19:27 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 19:27 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 19:27 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Leviticus 19:27 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 19:27 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 19:27 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 19:27 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 19:27 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)