Bible: Leviticus 13

Infections on the Skin

13:1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: 13:2 When someone has 1  a swelling 2  or a scab 3  or a bright spot 4  on the skin of his body 5  that may become a diseased infection, 6  he must be brought to Aaron the priest or one of his sons, the priests. 7  13:3 The priest must then examine the infection 8  on the skin of the body, and if the hair 9  in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of the body, 10  then it is a diseased infection, 11  so when the priest examines it 12  he must pronounce the person unclean. 13 

A Bright Spot on the Skin

13:4If 14  it is a white bright spot on the skin of his body, but it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 15  and the hair has not turned white, then the priest is to quarantine the person with the infection for seven days. 16  13:5 The priest must then examine it on the seventh day, and if, 17  as far as he can see, the infection has stayed the same 18  and has not spread on the skin, 19  then the priest is to quarantine the person for another seven days. 20  13:6 The priest must then examine it again on the seventh day, 21  and if 22  the infection has faded and has not spread on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce the person clean. 23  It is a scab, 24  so he must wash his clothes 25  and be clean. 13:7 If, however, the scab is spreading further 26  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, 27  and if 28  the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 29  It is a disease.

A Swelling on the Skin

13:9When someone has a diseased infection, 30  he must be brought to the priest. 13:10 The priest will then examine it, 31  and if 32  a white swelling is on the skin, it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the swelling, 33  13:11 it is a chronic 34  disease on the skin of his body, 35  so the priest is to pronounce him unclean. 36  The priest 37  must not merely quarantine him, for he is unclean. 38  13:12 If, however, the disease breaks out 39  on the skin so that the disease covers all the skin of the person with the infection 40  from his head to his feet, as far as the priest can see, 41  13:13 the priest must then examine it, 42  and if 43  the disease covers his whole body, he is to pronounce the person with the infection clean. 44  He has turned all white, so he is clean. 45  13:14 But whenever raw flesh appears in it 46  he will be unclean, 13:15 so the priest is to examine the raw flesh 47  and pronounce him unclean 48 it is diseased. 13:16 If, however, 49  the raw flesh once again turns white, 50  then he must come to the priest. 13:17 The priest will then examine it, 51  and if 52  the infection has turned white, the priest is to pronounce the person with the infection clean 53 he is clean.

A Boil on the Skin

13:18When someone’s body has a boil on its skin 54  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. 55  13:20 The priest will then examine it, 56  and if 57  it appears to be deeper than the skin 58  and its hair has turned white, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 59  It is a diseased infection that has broken out in the boil. 60  13:21 If, however, 61  the priest examines it, and 62  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. 63  13:22 If 64  it is spreading further 65  on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce him unclean. 66  It is an infection. 13:23 But if the bright spot stays in its place and has not spread, 67  it is the scar of the boil, so the priest is to pronounce him clean. 68 

A Burn on the Skin

13:24When a body has a burn on its skin 69  and the raw area of the burn becomes a reddish white or white bright spot, 13:25 the priest must examine it, 70  and if 71  the hair has turned white in the bright spot and it appears to be deeper than the skin, 72  it is a disease that has broken out in the burn. 73  The priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 74  It is a diseased infection. 75  13:26 If, however, 76  the priest examines it and 77  there is no white hair in the bright spot, it is not deeper than the skin, 78  and it has faded, then the priest is to quarantine him for seven days. 79  13:27 The priest must then examine it on the seventh day, and if it is spreading further 80  on the skin, then the priest is to pronounce him unclean. It is a diseased infection. 81  13:28 But if the bright spot stays in its place, has not spread on the skin, 82  and it has faded, then it is the swelling of the burn, so the priest is to pronounce him clean, 83  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, 84  13:30 the priest is to examine the infection, 85  and if 86  it appears to be deeper than the skin 87  and the hair in it is reddish yellow and thin, then the priest is to pronounce the person unclean. 88  It is scall, 89  a disease of the head or the beard. 90  13:31 But if the priest examines the scall infection and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 91  and there is no black hair in it, then the priest is to quarantine the person with the scall infection for seven days. 92  13:32 The priest must then examine the infection on the seventh day, and if 93  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, 94  13:33 then the individual is to shave himself, 95  but he must not shave the area affected by the scall, 96  and the priest is to quarantine the person with the scall for another seven days. 97  13:34 The priest must then examine the scall on the seventh day, and if 98  the scall has not spread on the skin and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, 99  then the priest is to pronounce him clean. 100  So he is to wash his clothes and be clean. 13:35 If, however, the scall spreads further 101  on the skin after his purification, 13:36 then the priest is to examine it, and if 102  the scall has spread on the skin the priest is not to search further for reddish yellow hair. 103  The person 104  is unclean. 13:37 If, as far as the priest can see, the scall has stayed the same 105  and black hair has sprouted in it, the scall has been healed; the person is clean. So the priest is to pronounce him clean. 106 

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, 107  and if 108  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. 109 

Baldness on the Head

13:40When a man’s head is bare so that he is balding in back, 110  he is clean. 13:41 If his head is bare on the forehead 111  so that he is balding in front, 112  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, 113  and if 114  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, 115  13:44 he is a diseased man. He is unclean. The priest must surely pronounce him unclean because of his infection on his head. 116 

The Life of the Person with Skin Disease

13:45As for the diseased person who has the infection, 117  his clothes must be torn, the hair of his head must be unbound, he must cover his mustache, 118  and he must call out ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 13:46 The whole time he has the infection 119  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, 120  whether a wool or linen garment, 121  13:48 or in the warp or woof 122  of the linen or the wool, or in leather or anything made of leather, 123  13:49 if the infection 124  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. 125  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 126 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 127  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. 128  13:55 The priest must then examine it after the infection has been washed out, and if 129  the infection has not changed its appearance 130  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. 131  13:56 But if the priest has examined it and 132  the infection has faded after it has been washed, he is to tear it out of 133  the garment or the leather or the warp or the woof. 13:57 Then if 134  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 135  is to be washed a second time and it will be clean.”

Summary of Infection Regulations

13:59 This is the law 136  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. 137 

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