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The Covenant at Mt. Sinai

(Category 4 of 16)

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The Ritual for Cleansing Healed Lepers

14

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “This shall be the law of the 1leper for the day of his cleansing: He ashall be brought to the priest.
3 “And the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall examine him; and indeed, if the 1leprosy is healed in the leper,
4 “then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, acedar wood, bscarlet, and chyssop.
5 “And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water.
6 “As for the living bird, he shall

CHAPTER 14 References

2 aMatt. 8:2, 4;
Mark 1:40, 44;
Luke 5:12, 14;
17:14 1See
note at 13:2
3 1Heb.
saraath, disfiguring
skin
diseases,
including leprosy,
and so
in vv. 1–32
4 aLev. 14:6,
49, 51, 52;
Num. 19:6;
Heb. 9:19 bEx.
25:4 cEx.
12:22; Ps. 51:7
7 aNum. 19:18,
19; [Heb. 9:13,
21; 12:24] b2 Kin. 5:10,
14; Ps. 51:2
8 aLev. 11:25;
13:6; Num. 8:7
bLev. 11:25;
[Eph. 5:26;
Heb. 10:22;
Rev. 1:5, 6] cLev. 13:5;
Num. 5:2, 3;
12:14, 15;
2 Chr. 26:21
9 aNum. 19:19
10 aMatt. 8:4;
Mark 1:44;
Luke 5:14
bLev. 2:1;
Num. 15:4
12 aLev. 5:6,
18; 6:6; 14:19
bEx. 29:22–24,
26
13 aEx. 29:11;
Lev. 1:5, 11;
4:4, 24 bLev.
6:24–30; 7:7
cLev. 2:3; 7:6;
21:22
14 aEx. 29:20;
Lev. 8:23, 24
16 aLev. 4:6
18 aLev. 4:26;
5:6; Num.
15:28; [Heb.
2:17] 1Lit. covering
19 aLev. 5:1, 6;
12:7; [2 Cor.
5:21]

LEVITICUS 14:19

take it, the cedar wood and the scarlet and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water.
7 “And he shall asprinkle it bseven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field.
8 “He who is to be cleansed ashall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bwash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and cshall stay outside his tent seven days.
9 “But on the aseventh day he shall shave all the hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows—all his hair he shall shave off. He shall wash his clothes and wash his body in water, and he shall be clean.
10 “And on the eighth day ahe shall take two male lambs without blemish, one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as ba grain offering, and one log of oil.
11 “Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
12 “And the priest shall take one male lamb and aoffer it as a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and bwave them as a wave offering before the LORD.
13 “Then he shall kill the lamb ain the place where he kills the sin offering and the burnt offering, in a holy place; for bas the sin offering is the priest’s, so is the trespass offering. cIt is most holy.
14 “The priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it aon the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
15 “And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand.
16 “Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall asprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD.
17 “And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest shall put some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the trespass offering.
18 “The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. aSo the priest shall make 1atonement for him before the LORD.
19 “Then the priest shall offer athe sin offering, and make atonement for

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LEVITICUS 14:20

him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. Afterward he shall kill the burnt offering.
20 “And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. So the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be aclean.
21 “But aif he is poor and cannot afford it, then he shall take one male lamb as a trespass offering to be waved, to make atonement for him, 1one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, a log of oil,
22 a“and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, such as he is able to afford: one shall be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering.
23 a“He shall bring them to the priest on the eighth day for his cleansing, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, before the LORD.
24 a“And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before the LORD.
25 “Then he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, aand the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
26 “And the priest shall pour some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand.
27 “Then the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD.
28 “And the priest shall put some of the oil that is in his hand on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the place of the blood of the trespass offering.
29 “The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed, to make atonement for him before the LORD.
30 “And he shall offer one of athe turtledoves or young pigeons, such as he can afford—
31 “such as he is able to afford, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, with the grain offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him who is to be cleansed before the LORD.
32 “This is the law for one who had a leprous sore, who cannot afford athe usual cleansing.”

The Law Concerning Leprous Houses

33 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
34 a“When you have come into the land of Canaan, which I give you as

20 aLev. 14:8, 9
21 aLev. 5:7,
11; 12:8; 27:8
1Approximately
two
dry quarts
22 aLev. 12:8;
15:14, 15
23 aLev. 14:10,
11
24 aLev. 14:12
25 aLev. 14:14,
17
30 aLev. 14:22;
15:14, 15
32 aLev. 14:10
34 aGen. 12:7;
13:17; 17:8;
Num. 32:22;
Deut. 7:1;
32:49 b[Prov.
3:33] 1Decomposition
by
mildew, mold,
dry rot, etc.,
and so in vv.
34–53
35 a[Ps. 91:9,
10; Prov. 3:33;
Zech. 5:4] 37 1Lit. lower
than the wall
38 1quarantine
44 aLev. 13:51;
[Zech. 5:4] 46 aLev. 11:24;
15:5 1defiled
47 aLev. 14:8
49 aLev. 14:4

a possession, and bI put the 1leprous plague in a house in the land of your possession,
35 “and he who owns the house comes and tells the priest, saying, ‘It seems to me that there is asome plague in the house,’
36 “then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest goes into it to examine the plague, that all that is in the house may not be made unclean; and afterward the priest shall go in to examine the house.
37 “And he shall examine the plague; and indeed if the plague is on the walls of the house with ingrained streaks, greenish or reddish, which appear to be 1deep in the wall,
38 “then the priest shall go out of the house, to the door of the house, and 1shut up the house seven days.
39 “And the priest shall come again on the seventh day and look; and indeed if the plague has spread on the walls of the house,
40 “then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which is the plague, and they shall cast them into an unclean place outside the city.
41 “And he shall cause the house to be scraped inside, all around, and the dust that they scrape off they shall pour out in an unclean place outside the city.
42 “Then they shall take other stones and put them in the place of those stones, and he shall take other mortar and plaster the house.
43 “Now if the plague comes back and breaks out in the house, after he has taken away the stones, after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered,
44 “then the priest shall come and look; and indeed if the plague has spread in the house, it is aan active leprosy in the house. It is unclean.
45 “And he shall break down the house, its stones, its timber, and all the plaster of the house, and he shall carry them outside the city to an unclean place.
46 “Moreover he who goes into the house at all while it is shut up shall be 1unclean auntil evening.
47 “And he who lies down in the house shall awash his clothes, and he who eats in the house shall wash his clothes.
48 “But if the priest comes in and examines it, and indeed the plague has not spread in the house after the house was plastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.
49 “And ahe shall take, to cleanse the house, two birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop.
50 “Then he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water;

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51 “and he shall take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
52 “And he shall 1cleanse the house with the blood of the bird and the running water and the living bird, with the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the scarlet.
53 “Then he shall let the living bird loose outside the city in the open field, and amake atonement for the house, and it shall be clean.
54 “This is the law for any aleprous sore and scale,
55 “for the aleprosy of a garment band of a house,
56 a“for a swelling and a scab and a bright spot,
57 “to ateach when it is unclean and when it is clean. This is the law of leprosy.”

The Law Concerning Bodily Discharges

15

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: a‘When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean.
3 ‘And this shall be his uncleanness in regard to his discharge— whether his body runs with his discharge, or his body is stopped up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness.
4 ‘Every bed is 1unclean on which he who has the discharge lies, and everything on which he sits shall be unclean.
5 ‘And whoever atouches his bed shall bwash his clothes and cbathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
6 ‘He who sits on anything on which he who has the adischarge sat shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
7 ‘And he who touches the body of him who has the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
8 ‘If he who has the discharge aspits on him who is clean, then he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
9 ‘Any saddle on which he who has the discharge rides shall be unclean.
10 ‘Whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until evening. He who carries any of those things shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
11 ‘And whomever the one who has the discharge touches, and has not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
12 ‘The avessel of earth that he who

52 1ceremonially
cleanse
53 aLev. 14:20
54 aLev. 13:30;
26:21
55 aLev.
13:47–52 bLev.
14:34
56 aLev. 13:2
57 aLev. 11:47;
20:25; Deut.
24:8; Ezek.
44:23

CHAPTER 15 References

2 aLev. 22:4;
Num. 5:2;
2 Sam. 3:29
4 1defiled
5 aLev. 5:2;
14:46 bLev.
14:8, 47 cLev.
11:25; 17:15
6 aLev. 15:10;
Deut. 23:10
8 aNum. 12:14
12 aLev. 6:28;
11:32, 33
13 aLev. 14:8;
15:28; Num.
19:11, 12
14 aLev. 14:22,
23, 30, 31
15 aLev. 14:30,
31 bLev. 14:19,
31 1Lit. covering
16 aLev. 22:4;
Deut. 23:10,
11
18 a[Ex. 19:15;
1 Sam. 21:4;
1 Cor. 6:18] 19 aLev. 12:2
1Lit. in her
impurity
24 aLev. 18:19;
20:18 1defiled
25 aMatt. 9:20;
Mark 5:25;
Luke 8:43

LEVITICUS 15:26

has the discharge touches shall be broken, and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
13 ‘And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then ahe shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean.
14 ‘On the eighth day he shall take for himself atwo turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and give them to the priest.
15 ‘Then the priest shall offer them, athe one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. bSo the priest shall make 1atonement for him before the LORD because of his discharge.
16 a‘If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall wash all his body in water, and be unclean until evening.
17 ‘And any garment and any leather on which there is semen, it shall be washed with water, and be unclean until evening.
18 ‘Also, when a woman lies with a man, and there is an emission of semen, they shall bathe in water, and abe unclean until evening.
19 a‘If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be 1set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.
20 ‘Everything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean; also everything that she sits on shall be unclean.
21 ‘Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
22 ‘And whoever touches anything that she sat on shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
23 ‘If anything is on her bed or on anything on which she sits, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening.
24 ‘And aif any man lies with her at all, so that her impurity is on him, he shall be 1unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 ‘If aa woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean.
26 ‘Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity.

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LEVITICUS 15:27

27 ‘Whoever touches those things shall be unclean; he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 28 ‘But aif she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
29 ‘And on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
30 ‘Then the priest shall offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a aburnt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for her before the LORD for the discharge of her uncleanness.
31 ‘Thus you shall aseparate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they bdefile My tabernacle that is among them.
32 a‘This is the law for one who has a discharge, band for him who emits semen and is unclean thereby,
33 a‘and for her who is indisposed because of her customary impurity, and for one who has a discharge, either man bor woman, cand for him who lies with her who is unclean.’ ”

28 aLev. 15:
13–15
30 aLev. 5:7
31 aDeut. 24:8
bNum. 5:3;
19:13, 20
32 aLev. 15:2
bLev. 15:16
33 aLev. 15:19
bLev. 15:25
cLev. 15:24

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PSALM 34

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God

A Psalm of David awhen he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

1 I WILL abless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

4 I asought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 aThe 1angel of the LORD bencamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

8 Oh, ataste and see that the LORD is good; bBlessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no 1want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; aBut those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

PSALM 34 References

title a1 Sam.
21:10–15
1 a[Eph. 5:20;
1 Thess. 5:18] 4 a[2 Chr. 15:2;
Ps. 9:10; Matt.
7:7; Luke
11:9] 7 a[Ps. 91:11];
Dan. 6:22
b2 Kin. 6:17
1Or Angel
8 aPs. 119:103;
[Heb. 6:5];
1 Pet. 2:3 bPs.
2:12
9 1lack
10 a[Ps. 84:11] 11 aPs. 32:8
12 a[1 Pet.
3:10–12] 13 a[Eph. 4:25] 14 aPs. 37:27;
Is. 1:16, 17
b[Rom. 14:19;
Heb. 12:14] 15 aJob 36:7;
[Ps. 33:18] 16 aLev. 17:10;
Jer. 44:11;
Amos 9:4
bJob 18:17;
Ps. 9:6;
109:15; [Prov.
10:7] 1destroy
17 aPs. 34:6;
145:19
18 a[Ps.
145:18] bPs.
51:17; [Is.
57:15] 1are
crushed in
spirit
19 aProv. 24:16
bPs. 34:4, 6, 17
20 aJohn 19:33,
36
21 aPs. 94:23;
140:11; Prov.
24:16 1held
guilty
22 a1 Kin. 1:29

11 Come, you children, listen to me; aI will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 aWho is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking adeceit.
14 aDepart from evil and do good; bSeek peace and pursue it.
15 aThe eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
16 aThe face of the LORD is against those who do evil, bTo 1cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and athe LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 aThe LORD is near bto those who have a broken heart, And saves such as 1have a contrite spirit.

19 aMany are the afflictions of the righteous, bBut the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones; aNot one of them is broken.
21 aEvil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be 1condemned.
22 The LORD aredeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

 
 

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