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Baldness

BALDNESS (קָרְחָה, H7947, baldness). Natural baldness, as seen commonly in otherwise healthy aging men of our communities, was uncommon in Biblical times. When unwanted baldness did occur it was regarded in one instance, at least, as being due to hard work or disease. In Ezekiel 29:18, Nebuchadnezzar’s campaign against Tyrus is mentioned in which “every head was made bald and every shoulder was rubbed bare.” This was presumably from the carrying of material used in the siege of the city over a period of thirteen years. Baldness as a sign of disease was promised to the vain young women of Jerusalem (Isa 3) where the prophet contrasts the proud gait and gaudy appearance of these empty people with the degradation of the future. It thereby illustrates the folly of trusting in transient physical appearance to the neglect of the soul. As Elisha returned from Elijah’s ascension some youths came out of the city and jeered at him, saying “Go up you baldhead! Go up you baldhead!” (2 Kings 2