The abstainer, like the Nazirite, is his own witness, his own judge.
Against this tendency the Nazirite order and tradition was a protest.
The Nazirite going back to ordinary life was regarded in more senses than one as a sinner.
What availed Samson's fidelity to the Nazirite vow when by another gate he let in the foe?
The modern pledge of abstinence bears in various points resemblance to the Nazirite vow.
On the other hand, the pledge of the total abstainer, like the vow of the Nazirite, carries with it a certain moral danger.
The Nazirite could not escape from obligation as he had entered upon it, without priestly intervention and mediation.
The case of the Nazirite is peculiarly instructive, for the point to be considered is seen here entirely free from complications.