Glossary: Hairy

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Exact definition uncertain. Associated with prophets or prophesying.


  • In reference to false prophets, the Lord says that they would no longer “put on a hairy robe” (in other words, to act as a prophet).

Zechariah 13:4-5 (LSV) And it has come to pass in that day, || The prophets are ashamed, each of his vision, in his prophesying, || And they do not put on a hairy robe to deceive. 5 And [one] has said, I am not a prophet, || A man—I am a tiller of ground, || For ground [is] my possession from my youth.

  • Elijah, a prophet (even representing prophets as a whole at times), is said to be a hairy man.

2 Kings 1:8 (KJV) And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

  • Similar to Elijah, John the Baptist, is said to wear a garment of camel’s hair and a leather girdle.

Matthew 3:4 (KJV) And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

  • This next point is still in development. It seems to have merit – The “Law and the Prophets” is how the Bible refers to the Old Testament (Mat. 11:13, Rom. 3:21). They were meant to testify of the Messiah to come, then that covenant was to pass away. Deuteronomy seems to symbolize this fact: When Israel dwelt at Sinai (or Horeb, where the law was given), the Lord told to move on from that mountain (to show a “moving on” from the law). And later they dwelt at Mount Seir (meaning “hairy or shaggy”), and the Lord told them to move on from that mountain also (to show a “moving on” from the agency of the prophets seemingly).

Deuteronomy 1:6, 2:1 (KJV) The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb [Sinai, where the law was given], saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount…  

2:1)  Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir [hairy] many days. 2 And the LORD spake unto me, saying, 3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.

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