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On Defilement

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Command the sons of Israel that they send R121 away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge R122 and everyone who is unclean R123 because of a dead person. 3 "You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in R124 their midst." 4 The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp; just as the LORD had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did.

5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 6 "Speak to the sons of Israel, `When R125 a man or woman commits any of the sins of mankind, acting unfaithfully against the LORD, and that person is guilty, 7 then he F55 shall confess R126 his F56 sins which he F57 has committed, and he shall R127 make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged. 8 `But if the man has no relative F58 to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the LORD for the priest, besides the ram of atonement, by which atonement is made for him. 9 `Also R128 every contribution F59 pertaining to all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they offer to the priest, shall be his. 10 `So every man's holy gifts shall be his; whatever any man gives to the priest, it becomes R129 his.' "

The Adultery Test

11 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, `If any man's wife goes R130 astray and is unfaithful to him, 13 and a man has intercourse R131 with her and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband and she is undetected, F60 although she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act, 14 if F61 a spirit of jealousy R132 comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself, 15 the man shall then bring his wife to the priest, and shall bring as an F62 offering for her one-tenth of an ephah F63 of barley meal; he shall not pour oil on it nor put frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of memorial, a R133 reminder of iniquity.

16 `Then the priest shall bring her near and have her stand before the LORD, 17 and the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel; and he F64 shall take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 `The priest shall then have the woman stand before the LORD and let the hair of the woman's head go loose, and place the grain offering of memorial in F65 her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy, and in the hand of the priest is to be the water of bitterness that brings a curse. 19 `The priest shall have her take an oath and shall say to the woman, "If no man has lain with you and if you have not gone R134 astray into uncleanness, being under the authority of your husband, be immune F66 to this water of bitterness that brings a curse; 20 if you, however, have gone R135 astray, being under the authority of your husband, and if you have defiled yourself and a man other than your husband has had intercourse with you" 21 (then the priest shall have the woman swear R136 with the oath of the curse, and the priest shall say to the woman), "the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people by the LORD'S making your thigh waste F67 away and your abdomen swell; 22 and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach, F68 and make your abdomen swell and your thigh waste F69 away." And the woman shall R137 say, "Amen. Amen."

23 `The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash F70 them off into the water of bitterness. 24 `Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse, so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and F71 cause bitterness. 25 `The priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman's hand, and he shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar; 26 and the R138 priest shall take a handful of the grain offering as its memorial offering and offer it up in smoke on the altar, and afterward he shall make the woman drink the water. 27 `When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her and F72 cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste F73 away, and the woman will become a R139 curse among her people. 28 `But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive children. F74

29 `This is the law of jealousy: when a wife, being under the authority of her husband, goes R140 astray and defiles herself, 30 or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife, he shall then make the woman stand before the LORD, and the priest shall apply all this law to her. 31 `Moreover, the man will be free from guilt, F75 but that woman shall bear R141 her guilt.' F75 "

F55: Lit they
F56: Lit their
F57: Lit they have
F58: Lit redeemer
F59: Lit heave offering
F60: Lit concealed
F61: Lit and
F62: Lit her
F63: I.e. Approx one bu
F64: Lit the priest
F65: Lit on her palms
F66: Lit free from
F67: Lit fall
F68: Or inward parts
F69: Lit fall
F70: Lit wipe
F71: Lit to
F72: Lit to
F73: Lit fall
F74: Lit seed
F75: Or iniquity
F75: Or iniquity

R121: Leviticus 13:8,46; Numbers 12:10,14,15
R122: Leviticus 15:2
R123: Leviticus 21:1; Numbers 9:6-10; 19:11
R124: Leviticus 26:12; Numbers 35:34
R125: Leviticus 5:14-6:7
R126: Leviticus 5:5; 26:40,41; Joshua 7:19
R127: Leviticus 6:4,5
R128: Leviticus 7:32,34; 10:14,15
R129: Leviticus 10:13
R130: Numbers 5:19-21,29
R131: Leviticus 18:20; 20:10
R132: Proverbs 6:34; Song of Solomon 8:6
R133: 1 Kings 17:18; Ezekiel 29:16
R134: Numbers 5:12
R135: Numbers 5:12
R136: Joshua 6:26; 1 Samuel 14:24; Nehemiah 10:29
R137: Deuteronomy 27:15
R138: Leviticus 2:2,9
R139: Jeremiah 29:18; 42:18; 44:12
R140: Numbers 5:12
R141: Leviticus 20:17


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