Hair Cut only Once a Year

by Steve Ray on November 5, 2013

999-269David had a very handsome son. His name was Absalom and he betrayed his father the king and led a rebellion against him. The Bible says that Absalom was “beautiful“ and and he only cut his hair once a year. Here is what the Bible says about him:

Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his beauty as Absalom; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king’s weight” (2 Sam 14:25-26).

The pile of hair left on the floor each year, after Absalom’s haircut, weighed 200 shekels. How much is 200 shekels? It is an amazing 4.4 pounds!

Now, do you remember how Absalom died in his fight against his father, King David?

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Absalom was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging [presumably by his hair] between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on….

“Joab said, “I will not waste time like this with you.” And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the oak. And ten young men, Joab’s armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and killed him” (2 Sam 18:9, 14-15 ).

What was Absalom thinking about as he was hanging between heaven and earth?  I have to believe he was wishing he’d gotten his hair cut a bit earlier that year!
And notice, the Scripture says Absalom was left hanging between heaven and earth — almost a implication that the traitor was condembed and unworthy of heaven or earth.
Remember Judas, what did he do to his king? And how did he die?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Merry May 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM

WOW! Mr. Ray you are so awesome! Stories and connections like these “remember Judas, what did he do to his king? And how did he die?” are so interesting! I’ve set your blog as my home page. Thank you for doing such a great job spreading Christ’s Kingdom!!! I really appreciated the time you and Mrs. Ray spent with our ILS group in Rome. I learned so much invaluable information that week and it was very inspiring to see a healthy, Catholic married couple. Good couples are few and far between these days. God bless you and your work! Keep the blogs coming.

Matt Merry (from Rome)

Alicia De Paulis May 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I would like to e-mail my family. They are with you on this pilgramage. How do I do this so I can hear how they are doing? I love the videos. I have been able to see them a little through those. There names are Larry, Alex, Amy, and Ashley De Paulis. Thanks

Brian Donnelly May 20, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Greetings to all and a special request of Mike Aquilina.
Could you please smuggle some extra water from the Jordan River?
My brother has been diagnosed with cancer.

May God bless your journey!

Tony Cooke September 3, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Steve, Great article. I don’t know where the artwork is from (Absalom standing with his foot on the stool), but I was wondering how I might obtain permission to use that on our web-site for an article we’ll be publishing on Absalom. Thank you for your advisement, and keep up the greta work. Tony

STEVE RAY HERE: THE PAINTING OF ABSALOM IS BY TISSOT AND IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. YOU CAN FIND THESE PICTURES ON LINE I THINK. SOME COMPANIES HAVE ENHANCED AND COPYRIGHTED THEM, BUT IF I RECALL, HIS WORK IS FREE TO USE.

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