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Ordinance of the Red Heifer
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, `Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished R558 red heifer in which is no defect and on R559 which a yoke has never been F275 placed. 3 `You shall give it to Eleazar R560 the priest, and it shall be R561 brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. 4 `Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle R562 some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 `Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its R563 hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. 6 `The priest shall take cedar R564 wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning F276 heifer. 7 `The priest shall R565 then wash his clothes and bathe his body F277 in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening. 8 `The one who burns it shall also wash his clothes in water and bathe his body F278 in water, and shall be unclean until evening. 9 `Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the F279 congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water R566 to remove impurity; it is purification F280 from sin. 10 `The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall R567 wash his clothes and be unclean until evening; and it shall be a perpetual statute to the sons of Israel and to the alien who sojourns among them.
11 `The R568 one who touches the corpse of any person F281 shall be unclean for seven days. 12 `That one shall purify R569 himself from uncleanness with the F282 water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean. 13 `Anyone R570 who touches a corpse, the body F283 of a man who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles R571 the tabernacle F284 of the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from Israel. Because the water for impurity was not sprinkled R572 F285 on him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him.
14 `This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days. 15 `Every open vessel, which has no covering tied F286 down on it, shall be unclean. 16 `Also, R573 anyone who in the open field touches one who has been slain with a sword or who has died naturally, or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days. 17 `Then for the unclean person they shall take some of the ashes F287 of the burnt F288 purification R574 F289 from sin and flowing F290 water shall be added F291 to them in a vessel. 18 `A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there, and on the one who touched the bone or the one slain or the one dying naturally or the grave. 19 `Then the clean person shall R575 sprinkle on the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify him from uncleanness, and he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and shall be clean by evening.
20 `But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he has defiled R576 the sanctuary of the LORD; the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean. 21 `So it shall be a perpetual statute for them. And he who R577 sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity shall be unclean until evening. 22 `Furthermore, R578 anything that the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening.' "
F275: Lit come up
F276: Lit burning of the heifer
F277: Lit flesh
F278: Lit flesh
F279: Lit it shall be to the congregation...Israel, for a guarding as water of impurity
F280: Or a sin offering
F281: Lit soul of man
F282: Lit it
F283: Lit soul
F284: Lit dwelling place
F285: Or thrown
F286: Lit cord
F287: Lit dust
F288: Lit burning of the
F289: Or sin offering
F290: Lit living
F291: Lit put
R558: Leviticus 22:20-25
R559: Deuteronomy 21:3
R560: Numbers 3:4
R561: Leviticus 4:11,12,21; Numbers 19:9
R562: Leviticus 4:6,17; 16:14
R563: Exodus 29:14; Leviticus 4:11,12
R564: Leviticus 14:4
R565: Leviticus 16:26,28; 22:6
R566: Numbers 8:7; 31:23
R567: Numbers 19:7
R568: Leviticus 21:1,11; Numbers 5:2; 6:6; Acts 21:26,27
R569: Numbers 19:19; 31:19
R570: Leviticus 7:21; 22:3-7
R571: Leviticus 15:31; 20:3; Numbers 19:20
R572: Numbers 19:19
R573: Numbers 31:19
R574: Numbers 19:9
R575: Ezekiel 36:25; Hebrews 10:22
R576: Numbers 19:13
R577: Numbers 19:7
R578: Leviticus 5:2,3; 7:21; 22:5,6
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