Hairy Stuff


Bible Passage about Hair

Sparrows are sold really cheap. Still, God is in charge of everything that happens to them. And you? God knows everything about you, including how many hairs grow on your head. So don't be afraid of what will happen, because you are way more important to God than a whole swarm of sparrows.

 Matthew 10:29-31 (paraphrase)

Blind Samson strong again

illustrated by Tuesday Mourning; art copyright © 2011 Concordia Publishing House

     Hair has been around for a long time, and most everybody has it. Hair comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and amounts.

     On the left are some fun hairdos. At the bottom of the page are some facts about hair in the Bible. If you click here, you can read a whole head's worth of "hair sayings."

     Before you check out the other hairy items, here's a hairy story to kick things off:

Blind Rage

Once the strongest man on earth,

Samson had been dumb.

He’d told an evil woman where

His superstrength came from.


He’d made a vow about his hair

To not cut it at all.

But trusting his strength more than God

Caused silly Samson’s fall.


He’d told Delilah two big lies

Of how to steal his might.

And though she’d tried to have him killed,

He shared the truth one night.


Delilah then called in some men,

And they shaved Samson’s head.

They tied him up and taunted him,

For all his strength had fled.


They shackled him with chains of bronze.

They gouged out Samson’s eyes.

A prisoner, they made him toil

And laughed at Samson’s cries.


One day they had a party planned

To worship their fake god,

So they brought blind Samson in

To entertain the crowd.


They didn’t notice then at all

That he had hair again,

But Samson did and prayed to God,

“Please strengthen me. Amen.” 


And pushing on two columns tall

That held the building’s roof,

Samson brought the whole place down.

Of God his strength was proof.

Story is excerpted from Icky Sticky, Hairy Scary Bible Stories, copyright © 2011 Jonathan Schkade (Concordia Publishing House). 

If you are feeling really brainy, read this hair information from Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary. 

Hair- (1.) The Egyptians let the hair of their head and beard grow only when they were in mourning, shaving it off at other times. "So particular were they on this point that to have neglected it was a subject of reproach and ridicule; and whenever they intended to convey the idea of a man of low condition, or a slovenly person, the artists represented him with a beard." Joseph shaved himself before going in to Pharaoh (Gen. 41:14). The women of Egypt wore their hair long and plaited. Wigs were worn by priests and laymen to cover the shaven skull, and false beards were common. The great masses of hair seen in the portraits and statues of kings and priests are thus altogether artificial.

(2.) A precisely opposite practice, as regards men, prevailed among the Assyrians. In Assyrian sculptures the hair always appears long, and combed closely down upon the head. The beard also was allowed to grow to its full length.

(3.) Among the Greeks the custom in this respect varied at different times, as it did also among the Romans. In the time of the apostle, among the Greeks the men wore short hair, while that of the women was long (1 Cor. 11:14, 15). Paul reproves the Corinthians for falling in with a style of manners which so far confounded the distinction of the genders and was hurtful to good morals. (See, however, 1 Tim. 2:9, and 1 Pet. 3:3, as regards women.)

(4.) Among the Hebrews the natural distinction between the genders was preserved by the women wearing long hair (Luke 7:38; John 11:2; 1 Cor. 11:6), while the men preserved theirs as a rule at a moderate length by frequent clipping.

Baldness disqualified any one for the priest's office (Lev. 21).

Elijah is called a "hairy man" (2 Kings 1:8) from his flowing locks, or more probably from the shaggy cloak of hair which he wore. His raiment was of camel's hair.

Long hair is especially noticed in the description of Absalom's person        (2 Sam. 14:26); but the wearing of long hair was unusual, and was only practised as an act of religious observance by Nazarites (Num. 6:5; Judg. 13:5) and others in token of special mercies (Acts 18:18).

In times of affliction the hair was cut off (Isa. 3:17, 24; 15:2; 22:12; Jer. 7:29; Amos 8:10). Tearing the hair and letting it go dishevelled were also tokens of grief (Ezra 9:3). "Cutting off the hair" is a figure of the entire destruction of a people (Isa. 7:20). The Hebrews anointed the hair profusely with fragrant ointments (Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 14:2; Ps. 23:5; 45:7, etc.), especially in seasons of rejoicing (Matt. 6:17; Luke 7:46).

Source: M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public domain.

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