Bible: Leviticus 11-15

Clean and Unclean Land Creatures

11:1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 11:2 Tell the Israelites: ‘This is the kind of creature you may eat from among all the animals 1  that are on the land. 11:3 You may eat any among the animals that has a divided hoof (the hooves are completely split in two 2 ) and that also chews the cud. 3  11:4 However, you must not eat these 4  from among those that chew the cud and have divided hooves: The camel is unclean to you 5  because it chews the cud 6  even though its hoof is not divided. 7  11:5 The rock badger 8  is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. 11:6 The hare is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. 11:7 The pig is unclean to you because its hoof is divided (the hoof is completely split in two 9 ), even though it does not chew the cud. 10  11:8 You must not eat from their meat and you must not touch their carcasses; 11  they are unclean to you.

Clean and Unclean Water Creatures

11:9‘These you can eat from all creatures that are in the water: Any creatures in the water that have both fins and scales, 12  whether in the seas or in the streams, 13  you may eat. 11:10 But any creatures that do not have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, from all the swarming things of the water and from all the living creatures that are in the water, are detestable to you. 11:11 Since they are detestable to you, you must not eat their meat and their carcass you must detest. 11:12 Any creature in the water that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.

Clean and Unclean Birds

11:13‘These you are to detest from among the birds – they must not be eaten, because they are detestable: 14  the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 11:14 the kite, the buzzard of any kind, 15  11:15 every kind of crow, 16  11:16 the eagle owl, 17  the short-eared owl, the long-eared owl, the hawk of any kind, 11:17 the little owl, the cormorant, the screech owl, 11:18 the white owl, the scops owl, the osprey, 11:19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

Clean and Unclean Insects

11:20‘Every winged swarming thing that walks on all fours 18  is detestable to you. 11:21 However, this you may eat from all the winged swarming things that walk on all fours, which have jointed legs 19  to hop with on the land. 11:22 These you may eat from them: 20  the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, the grasshopper of any kind. 11:23 But any other winged swarming thing that has four legs is detestable to you.

Carcass Uncleanness

11:24‘By these 21  you defile yourselves; anyone who touches their carcass will be unclean until the evening, 11:25 and anyone who carries their carcass must wash his clothes and will be unclean until the evening.

Inedible Land Quadrupeds

11:26‘All 22  animals that divide the hoof but it is not completely split in two 23  and do not chew the cud 24  are unclean to you; anyone who touches them becomes unclean. 25  11:27 All that walk on their paws among all the creatures that walk on all fours 26  are unclean to you. Anyone who touches their carcass will be unclean until the evening, 11:28 and the one who carries their carcass must wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.

Creatures that Swarm on the Land

11:29‘Now this is what is unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the land: 27  the rat, the mouse, the large lizard of any kind, 11:30 the Mediterranean gecko, the spotted lizard, the wall gecko, the skink, and the chameleon. 11:31 These are the ones that are unclean to you among all the swarming things. Anyone who touches them when they die will be unclean until evening. 11:32 Also, anything they fall on 28  when they die will become unclean – any wood vessel or garment or article of leather or sackcloth. Any such vessel with which work is done must be immersed in water 29  and will be unclean until the evening. Then it will become clean. 11:33 As for any clay vessel they fall into, 30  everything in it 31  will become unclean and you must break it. 11:34 Any food that may be eaten which becomes soaked with water 32  will become unclean. Anything drinkable 33  in any such vessel will become unclean. 34  11:35 Anything their carcass may fall on will become unclean. An oven or small stove must be smashed to pieces; they are unclean, and they will stay unclean 35  to you. 11:36 However, a spring or a cistern which collects water 36  will be clean, but one who touches their carcass will be unclean. 11:37 Now, if such a carcass falls on any sowing seed which is to be sown, 37  it is clean, 11:38 but if water is put on the seed and such a carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.

Edible Land Quadrupeds

11:39‘Now if an animal 38  that you may eat dies, 39  whoever touches its carcass will be unclean until the evening. 11:40 One who eats from its carcass must wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening, and whoever carries its carcass must wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 11:41 Every swarming thing that swarms on the land is detestable; it must not be eaten. 11:42 You must not eat anything that crawls 40  on its belly or anything that walks on all fours or on any number of legs 41  of all the swarming things that swarm on the land, because they are detestable. 11:43 Do not make yourselves detestable by any of the swarming things. 42  You must not defile yourselves by them and become unclean by them, 11:44 for I am the Lord your God and you are to sanctify yourselves and be holy because I am holy. You must not defile yourselves by any of the swarming things that creep on the ground, 11:45 for I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God, 43  and you are to be holy because I am holy. 11:46 This is the law 44  of the land animals, the birds, all the living creatures that move in the water, and all the creatures 45  that swarm on the land, 11:47 to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between the living creatures that may be eaten and the living creatures that must not be eaten.’

Purification of a Woman after Childbirth

12:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 12:2 Tell the Israelites, ‘When a woman produces offspring 46  and bears a male child, 47  she will be unclean seven days, as she is unclean during the days of her menstruation. 48  12:3 On 49  the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin 50  must be circumcised. 12:4 Then she will remain 51  thirty-three days in blood purity. 52  She must not touch anything holy and she must not enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled. 53  12:5 If she bears a female child, she will be impure fourteen days as during her menstrual flow, and she will remain sixty-six days in 54  blood purity. 55 

12:6‘When 56  the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she must bring a one year old lamb 57  for a burnt offering 58  and a young pigeon or turtledove for a sin offering 59  to the entrance of the Meeting Tent, to the priest. 12:7 The priest 60  is to present it before the Lord and make atonement 61  on her behalf, and she will be clean 62  from her flow of blood. 63  This is the law of the one who bears a child, for the male or the female child. 12:8 If she cannot afford a sheep, 64  then she must take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, 65  one for a burnt offering and one for a sin offering, and the priest is to make atonement on her behalf, and she will be clean.’ 66 

Infections on the Skin

13:1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 13:2 When someone has 67  a swelling 68  or a scab 69  or a bright spot 70  on the skin of his body 71  that may become a diseased infection, 72  he must be brought to Aaron the priest or one of his sons, the priests. 73  13:3 The priest must then examine the infection 74  on the skin of the body, and if the hair 75  in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of the body, 76  then it is a diseased infection, 77  so when the priest examines it 78  he must pronounce the person unclean. 79 

A Bright Spot on the Skin

13:4If 80  it is a white bright spot on the skin of his body, but it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 81  and the hair has not turned white, then the priest is to quarantine the person with the infection for seven days. 82  13:5 The priest must then examine it on the seventh day, and if, 83  as far as he can see, the infection has stayed the same 84  and has not spread on the skin, 85  then the priest is to quarantine the person for another seven days. 86  13:6 The priest must then examine it again on the seventh day, 87  and if 88  the infection has faded and has not spread on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce the person clean. 89  It is a scab, 90  so he must wash his clothes 91  and be clean. 13:7 If, however, the scab is spreading further 92  on the skin after he has shown himself to the priest for his purification, then he must show himself to the priest a second time. 13:8 The priest must then examine it, 93  and if 94  the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 95  It is a disease.

A Swelling on the Skin

13:9When someone has a diseased infection, 96  he must be brought to the priest. 13:10 The priest will then examine it, 97  and if 98  a white swelling is on the skin, it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the swelling, 99  13:11 it is a chronic 100  disease on the skin of his body, 101  so the priest is to pronounce him unclean. 102  The priest 103  must not merely quarantine him, for he is unclean. 104  13:12 If, however, the disease breaks out 105  on the skin so that the disease covers all the skin of the person with the infection 106  from his head to his feet, as far as the priest can see, 107  13:13 the priest must then examine it, 108  and if 109  the disease covers his whole body, he is to pronounce the person with the infection clean. 110  He has turned all white, so he is clean. 111  13:14 But whenever raw flesh appears in it 112  he will be unclean, 13:15 so the priest is to examine the raw flesh 113  and pronounce him unclean 114 it is diseased. 13:16 If, however, 115  the raw flesh once again turns white, 116  then he must come to the priest. 13:17 The priest will then examine it, 117  and if 118  the infection has turned white, the priest is to pronounce the person with the infection clean 119 he is clean.

A Boil on the Skin

13:18When someone’s body has a boil on its skin 120  and it heals, 13:19 and in the place of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish white bright spot, he must show himself to the priest. 121  13:20 The priest will then examine it, 122  and if 123  it appears to be deeper than the skin 124  and its hair has turned white, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 125  It is a diseased infection that has broken out in the boil. 126  13:21 If, however, 127  the priest examines it, and 128  there is no white hair in it, it is not deeper than the skin, and it has faded, then the priest is to quarantine him for seven days. 129  13:22 If 130  it is spreading further 131  on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce him unclean. 132  It is an infection. 13:23 But if the bright spot stays in its place and has not spread, 133  it is the scar of the boil, so the priest is to pronounce him clean. 134 

A Burn on the Skin

13:24When a body has a burn on its skin 135  and the raw area of the burn becomes a reddish white or white bright spot, 13:25 the priest must examine it, 136  and if 137  the hair has turned white in the bright spot and it appears to be deeper than the skin, 138  it is a disease that has broken out in the burn. 139  The priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 140  It is a diseased infection. 141  13:26 If, however, 142  the priest examines it and 143  there is no white hair in the bright spot, it is not deeper than the skin, 144  and it has faded, then the priest is to quarantine him for seven days. 145  13:27 The priest must then examine it on the seventh day, and if it is spreading further 146  on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce him unclean. It is a diseased infection. 147  13:28 But if the bright spot stays in its place, has not spread on the skin, 148  and it has faded, then it is the swelling of the burn, so the priest is to pronounce him clean, 149  because it is the scar of the burn.

Scall on the Head or in the Beard

13:29When a man or a woman has an infection on the head or in the beard, 150  13:30 the priest is to examine the infection, 151  and if 152  it appears to be deeper than the skin 153  and the hair in it is reddish yellow and thin, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 154  It is scall, 155  a disease of the head or the beard. 156  13:31 But if the priest examines the scall infection and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 157  and there is no black hair in it, then the priest is to quarantine the person with the scall infection for seven days. 158  13:32 The priest must then examine the infection on the seventh day, and if 159  the scall has not spread, there is no reddish yellow hair in it, and the scall does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 160  13:33 then the individual is to shave himself, 161  but he must not shave the area affected by the scall, 162  and the priest is to quarantine the person with the scall for another seven days. 163  13:34 The priest must then examine the scall on the seventh day, and if 164  the scall has not spread on the skin and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 165  then the priest is to pronounce him clean. 166  So he is to wash his clothes and be clean. 13:35 If, however, the scall spreads further 167  on the skin after his purification, 13:36 then the priest is to examine it, and if 168  the scall has spread on the skin the priest is not to search further for reddish yellow hair. 169  The person 170  is unclean. 13:37 If, as far as the priest can see, the scall has stayed the same 171  and black hair has sprouted in it, the scall has been healed; the person is clean. So the priest is to pronounce him clean. 172 

Bright White Spots on the Skin

13:38When a man or a woman has bright spots – white bright spots – on the skin of their body, 13:39 the priest is to examine them, 173  and if 174  the bright spots on the skin of their body are faded white, it is a harmless rash that has broken out on the skin. The person is clean. 175 

Baldness on the Head

13:40When a man’s head is bare so that he is balding in back, 176  he is clean. 13:41 If his head is bare on the forehead 177  so that he is balding in front, 178  he is clean. 13:42 But if there is a reddish white infection in the back or front bald area, it is a disease breaking out in his back or front bald area. 13:43 The priest is to examine it, 179  and if 180  the swelling of the infection is reddish white in the back or front bald area like the appearance of a disease on the skin of the body, 181  13:44 he is a diseased man. He is unclean. The priest must surely pronounce him unclean because of his infection on his head. 182 

The Life of the Person with Skin Disease

13:45As for the diseased person who has the infection, 183  his clothes must be torn, the hair of his head must be unbound, he must cover his mustache, 184  and he must call out ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 13:46 The whole time he has the infection 185  he will be continually unclean. He must live in isolation, and his place of residence must be outside the camp.

Infections in Garments, Cloth, or Leather

13:47When a garment has a diseased infection in it, 186  whether a wool or linen garment, 187  13:48 or in the warp or woof 188  of the linen or the wool, or in leather or anything made of leather, 189  13:49 if the infection 190  in the garment or leather or warp or woof or any article of leather is yellowish green or reddish, it is a diseased infection and it must be shown to the priest. 13:50 The priest is to examine and then quarantine the article with the infection for seven days. 191  13:51 He must then examine the infection on the seventh day. If the infection has spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in the leather – whatever the article into which the leather was made 192 the infection is a malignant disease. It is unclean. 13:52 He must burn the garment or the warp or the woof, whether wool or linen, or any article of leather which has the infection in it. Because it is a malignant disease it must be burned up in the fire. 13:53 But if the priest examines it and 193  the infection has not spread in the garment or in the warp or in the woof or in any article of leather, 13:54 the priest is to command that they wash whatever has the infection and quarantine it for another seven days. 194  13:55 The priest must then examine it after the infection has been washed out, and if 195  the infection has not changed its appearance 196  even though the infection has not spread, it is unclean. You must burn it up in the fire. It is a fungus, whether on the back side or front side of the article. 197  13:56 But if the priest has examined it and 198  the infection has faded after it has been washed, he is to tear it out of 199  the garment or the leather or the warp or the woof. 13:57 Then if 200  it still appears again in the garment or the warp or the woof, or in any article of leather, it is an outbreak. Whatever has the infection in it you must burn up in the fire. 13:58 But the garment or the warp or the woof or any article of leather which you wash and infection disappears from it 201  is to be washed a second time and it will be clean.”

Summary of Infection Regulations

13:59 This is the law 202  of the diseased infection in the garment of wool or linen, or the warp or woof, or any article of leather, for pronouncing it clean or unclean. 203 

Purification of Diseased Skin Infections

14:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 14:2 This is the law of the diseased person on the day of his purification, when 204  he is brought to the priest. 205  14:3 The priest is to go outside the camp and examine the infection. 206  If the infection of the diseased person has been healed, 207  14:4 then the priest will command that two live clean birds, a piece of cedar wood, a scrap of crimson fabric, 208  and some twigs of hyssop 209  be taken up 210  for the one being cleansed. 211  14:5 The priest will then command that one bird be slaughtered 212  into a clay vessel over fresh water. 213  14:6 Then 214  he is to take the live bird along with the piece of cedar wood, the scrap of crimson fabric, and the twigs of hyssop, and he is to dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird slaughtered over the fresh water, 14:7 and sprinkle it seven times on the one being cleansed 215  from the disease, pronounce him clean, 216  and send the live bird away over the open countryside. 217 

The Seven Days of Purification

14:8The one being cleansed 218  must then wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe in water, and so be clean. 219  Then afterward he may enter the camp, but he must live outside his tent seven days. 14:9 When the seventh day comes 220  he must shave all his hair – his head, his beard, his eyebrows, all his hair – and he must wash his clothes, bathe his body in water, and so be clean. 221 

The Eighth Day Atonement Rituals

14:10On the eighth day he 222  must take two flawless male lambs, one flawless yearling female lamb, three-tenths of an ephah of choice wheat flour as a grain offering mixed with olive oil, 223  and one log of olive oil, 224  14:11 and the priest who pronounces him clean will have the man who is being cleansed stand along with these offerings 225  before the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.

14:12The priest is to take one male lamb 226  and present it for a guilt offering 227  along with the log of olive oil and present them as a wave offering before the Lord. 228  14:13 He must then slaughter 229  the male lamb in the place where 230  the sin offering 231  and the burnt offering 232  are slaughtered, 233  in the sanctuary, because, like the sin offering, the guilt offering belongs to the priest; 234  it is most holy. 14:14 Then the priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, 235  on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe 236  of his right foot. 14:15 The priest will then take some of the log of olive oil and pour it into his own left hand. 237  14:16 Then the priest is to dip his right forefinger into the olive oil 238  that is in his left hand, and sprinkle some of the olive oil with his finger seven times before the Lord. 14:17 The priest will then put some of the rest of the olive oil that is in his hand 239  on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering, 14:18 and the remainder of the olive oil 240  that is in his hand the priest is to put on the head of the one being cleansed. So the priest is to make atonement for him before the Lord.

14:19The priest must then perform the sin offering 241  and make atonement for the one being cleansed from his impurity. After that he 242  is to slaughter the burnt offering, 14:20 and the priest is to offer 243  the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. So the priest is to make atonement for him and he will be clean.

The Eighth Day Atonement Rituals for the Poor Person

14:21If the person is poor and does not have sufficient means, 244  he must take one male lamb as a guilt offering for a wave offering to make atonement for himself, one-tenth of an ephah of choice wheat flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, a log of olive oil, 245  14:22 and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, 246  which are within his means. 247  One will be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering. 248 

14:23On the eighth day he must bring them for his purification to the priest at the entrance 249  of the Meeting Tent before the Lord, 14:24 and the priest is to take the male lamb of the guilt offering and the log of olive oil and wave them 250  as a wave offering before the Lord. 14:25 Then he is to slaughter the male lamb of the guilt offering, and the priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, 251  on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe 252  of his right foot. 14:26 The priest will then pour some of the olive oil into his own left hand, 253  14:27 and sprinkle some of the olive oil that is in his left hand with his right forefinger 254  seven times before the Lord. 14:28 Then the priest is to put some of the olive oil that is in his hand 255  on the right earlobe of the one being cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the place of the blood of the guilt offering, 14:29 and the remainder of the olive oil that is in the hand 256  of the priest he is to put 257  on the head of the one being cleansed to make atonement for him before the Lord.

14:30He will then make one of the turtledoves 258  or young pigeons, which are within his means, 259  14:31 a sin offering and the other a burnt offering along with the grain offering. 260  So the priest is to make atonement for the one being cleansed before the Lord. 14:32 This is the law of the one in whom there is a diseased infection, 261  who does not have sufficient means for his purification.” 262 

Purification of Disease-Infected Houses

14:33 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 14:34 When you enter the land of Canaan which I am about to give 263  to you for a possession, and I put 264  a diseased infection in a house in the land you are to possess, 265  14:35 then whoever owns the house 266  must come and declare to the priest, ‘Something like an infection is visible to me in the house.’ 14:36 Then the priest will command that the house be cleared 267  before the priest enters to examine the infection 268  so that everything in the house 269  does not become unclean, 270  and afterward 271  the priest will enter to examine the house. 14:37 He is to examine the infection, and if 272  the infection in the walls of the house consists of yellowish green or reddish eruptions, 273  and it appears to be deeper than the surface of the wall, 274  14:38 then the priest is to go out of the house to the doorway of the house and quarantine the house for seven days. 275  14:39 The priest must return on the seventh day and examine it, and if 276  the infection has spread in the walls of the house, 14:40 then the priest is to command that the stones that had the infection in them be pulled and thrown 277  outside the city 278  into an unclean place. 14:41 Then he is to have the house scraped 279  all around on the inside, 280  and the plaster 281  which is scraped off 282  must be dumped outside the city 283  into an unclean place. 14:42 They are then to take other stones and replace those stones, 284  and he is to take other plaster and replaster the house.

14:43If the infection returns and breaks out in the house after he has pulled out the stones, scraped the house, and it is replastered, 285  14:44 the priest is to come and examine it, and if 286  the infection has spread in the house, it is a malignant disease in the house. It is unclean. 14:45 He must tear down the house, 287  its stones, its wood, and all the plaster of the house, and bring all of it 288  outside the city to an unclean place. 14:46 Anyone who enters 289  the house all the days the priest 290  has quarantined it will be unclean until evening. 14:47 Anyone who lies down in the house must wash his clothes. Anyone who eats in the house must wash his clothes.

14:48If, however, the priest enters 291  and examines it, and the 292  infection has not spread in the house after the house has been replastered, then the priest is to pronounce the house clean because the infection has been healed. 14:49 Then he 293  is to take two birds, a piece of cedar wood, a scrap of crimson fabric, and some twigs of hyssop 294  to decontaminate 295  the house, 14:50 and he is to slaughter one bird into a clay vessel over fresh water. 296  14:51 He must then take the piece of cedar wood, the twigs of hyssop, the scrap of crimson fabric, and the live bird, and dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and in the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times. 14:52 So he is to decontaminate the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water, the live bird, the piece of cedar wood, the twigs of hyssop, and the scrap of crimson fabric, 14:53 and he is to send the live bird away outside the city 297  into the open countryside. So he is to make atonement for the house and it will be clean.

Summary of Purification Regulations for Infections

14:54This is the law for all diseased infections, for scall, 298  14:55 for the diseased garment, 299  for the house, 300  14:56 for the swelling, 301  for the scab, 302  and for the bright spot, 303  14:57 to teach when something is unclean and when it is clean. 304  This is the law for dealing with infectious disease.” 305 

Male Bodily Discharges

15:1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 15:2 Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When any man 306  has a discharge 307  from his body, 308  his discharge is unclean. 15:3 Now this is his uncleanness in regard to his discharge 309 whether his body secretes his discharge or blocks his discharge, he is unclean. All the days that his body has a discharge or his body blocks his discharge, 310  this is his uncleanness. 311 

15:4‘Any bed the man with a discharge lies on will be unclean, 312  and any furniture he sits on will be unclean. 313  15:5 Anyone who touches his bed 314  must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 315  15:6 The one who sits on the furniture the man with a discharge sits on must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:7 The one who touches the body 316  of the man with a discharge must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:8 If the man with a discharge spits on a person who is ceremonially clean, 317  that person must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:9 Any means of riding 318  the man with a discharge rides on will be unclean. 15:10 Anyone who touches anything that was under him 319  will be unclean until evening, and the one who carries those items 320  must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:11 Anyone whom the man with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water 321  must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:12 A clay vessel 322  which the man with the discharge touches must be broken, and any wooden utensil must be rinsed in water.

Purity Regulations for Male Bodily Discharges

15:13‘When the man with the discharge becomes clean from his discharge he is to count off for himself seven days for his purification, and he must wash his clothes, bathe in fresh water, 323  and be clean. 15:14 Then on the eighth day he is to take for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, 324  and he is to present himself 325  before the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent and give them to the priest, 15:15 and the priest is to make one of them a sin offering 326  and the other a burnt offering. 327  So the priest 328  is to make atonement for him before the Lord for 329  his discharge.

15:16‘When a man has a seminal emission, 330  he must bathe his whole body in water 331  and be unclean until evening, 15:17 and he must wash in water any clothing or leather that has semen on it, and it will be unclean until evening. 15:18 When a man has sexual intercourse with a woman and there is a seminal emission, 332  they must bathe in water and be unclean until evening.

Female Bodily Discharges

15:19‘When a woman has a discharge 333  and her discharge is blood from her body, 334  she is to be in her menstruation 335  seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean until evening. 15:20 Anything she lies on during her menstruation will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 15:21 Anyone who touches her bed must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:22 Anyone who touches any furniture she sits on must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 15:23 If there is something on the bed or on the furniture she sits on, 336  when he touches it 337  he will be unclean until evening, 15:24 and if a man actually has sexual intercourse with her so that her menstrual impurity touches him, 338  then he will be unclean seven days and any bed he lies on will be unclean.

15:25‘When a woman’s discharge of blood flows 339  many days not at the time of her menstruation, or if it flows beyond the time of her menstruation, 340  all the days of her discharge of impurity will be like the days of her menstruation – she is unclean. 15:26 Any bed she lies on all the days of her discharge will be to her like the bed of her menstruation, any furniture she sits on will be unclean like the impurity of her menstruation, 15:27 and anyone who touches them will be unclean, and he must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 341 

Purity Regulations from Female Bodily Discharges

15:28‘If 342  she becomes clean from her discharge, then she is to count off for herself seven days, and afterward she will be clean. 15:29 Then on the eighth day she must take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons 343  and she must bring them to the priest at the entrance of the Meeting Tent, 15:30 and the priest is to make one a sin offering and the other a burnt offering. 344  So the priest 345  is to make atonement for her before the Lord from her discharge of impurity.

Summary of Purification Regulations for Bodily Discharges

15:31‘Thus you 346  are to set the Israelites apart from their impurity so that they 347  do not die in their impurity by defiling my tabernacle which is in their midst. 15:32 This is the law of the one with a discharge: the one who has a seminal emission 348  and becomes unclean by it, 349  15:33 the one who is sick in her menstruation, the one with a discharge, whether male or female, 350  and a man 351  who has sexual intercourse with an unclean woman.’

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