And you, son of man, take a sharp knife, take a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard: then take balances to weigh and divide the hair.
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George Leo Haydock
That. Hebrew, "the scissors of clippers. "The same term is used for clipping sheep as for cutting hair. Shaving was not probably then in use.
Beard, as in mourning or for ignominy, 2 Kings x. 4., and Jeremias xlvii. 5.
Balance, to show that God does nothing unjustly. (Calmet)
The hair. Literally, "them. "(Haydock)
This was to be done before he lay down. Hew was to burn, cut, and divide the hair as the siege represented on the tile advanced, to denote that some should perish in the city by famine, others by the sword, while a few should be scattered among the nations: yet of these a small number should be gathered round Godolias, and perish with him, or in Egypt, and the rest be thence led captive to Babylon.