Bible: Leviticus 14

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 1  he is brought to the priest. 2  14:3 The priest is to go outside the camp and examine the infection. 3  If the infection of the diseased person has been healed, 4  14:4 then the priest will command that two live clean birds, a piece of cedar wood, a scrap of crimson fabric, 5  and some twigs of hyssop 6  be taken up 7  for the one being cleansed. 8  14:5 The priest will then command that one bird be slaughtered 9  into a clay vessel over fresh water. 10  14:6 Then 11  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 12  from the disease, pronounce him clean, 13  and send the live bird away over the open countryside. 14 

The Seven Days of Purification

14:8The one being cleansed 15  must then wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe in water, and so be clean. 16  Then afterward he may enter the camp, but he must live outside his tent seven days. 14:9 When the seventh day comes 17  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. 18 

The Eighth Day Atonement Rituals

14:10On the eighth day he 19  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, 20  and one log of olive oil, 21  14:11 and the priest who pronounces him clean will have the man who is being cleansed stand along with these offerings 22  before the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.

14:12The priest is to take one male lamb 23  and present it for a guilt offering 24  along with the log of olive oil and present them as a wave offering before the Lord. 25  14:13 He must then slaughter 26  the male lamb in the place where 27  the sin offering 28  and the burnt offering 29  are slaughtered, 30  in the sanctuary, because, like the sin offering, the guilt offering belongs to the priest; 31  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, 32  on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe 33  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. 34  14:16 Then the priest is to dip his right forefinger into the olive oil 35  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 36  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 37  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 38  and make atonement for the one being cleansed from his impurity. After that he 39  is to slaughter the burnt offering, 14:20 and the priest is to offer 40  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, 41  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, 42  14:22 and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, 43  which are within his means. 44  One will be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering. 45 

14:23On the eighth day he must bring them for his purification to the priest at the entrance 46  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 47  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, 48  on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe 49  of his right foot. 14:26 The priest will then pour some of the olive oil into his own left hand, 50  14:27 and sprinkle some of the olive oil that is in his left hand with his right forefinger 51  seven times before the Lord. 14:28 Then the priest is to put some of the olive oil that is in his hand 52  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 53  of the priest he is to put 54  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 55  or young pigeons, which are within his means, 56  14:31 a sin offering and the other a burnt offering along with the grain offering. 57  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, 58  who does not have sufficient means for his purification.” 59 

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 60  to you for a possession, and I put 61  a diseased infection in a house in the land you are to possess, 62  14:35 then whoever owns the house 63  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 64  before the priest enters to examine the infection 65  so that everything in the house 66  does not become unclean, 67  and afterward 68  the priest will enter to examine the house. 14:37 He is to examine the infection, and if 69  the infection in the walls of the house consists of yellowish green or reddish eruptions, 70  and it appears to be deeper than the surface of the wall, 71  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. 72  14:39 The priest must return on the seventh day and examine it, and if 73  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 74  outside the city 75  into an unclean place. 14:41 Then he is to have the house scraped 76  all around on the inside, 77  and the plaster 78  which is scraped off 79  must be dumped outside the city 80  into an unclean place. 14:42 They are then to take other stones and replace those stones, 81  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, 82  14:44 the priest is to come and examine it, and if 83  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, 84  its stones, its wood, and all the plaster of the house, and bring all of it 85  outside the city to an unclean place. 14:46 Anyone who enters 86  the house all the days the priest 87  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 88  and examines it, and the 89  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 90  is to take two birds, a piece of cedar wood, a scrap of crimson fabric, and some twigs of hyssop 91  to decontaminate 92  the house, 14:50 and he is to slaughter one bird into a clay vessel over fresh water. 93  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 94  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, 95  14:55 for the diseased garment, 96  for the house, 97  14:56 for the swelling, 98  for the scab, 99  and for the bright spot, 100  14:57 to teach when something is unclean and when it is clean. 101  This is the law for dealing with infectious disease.” 102 

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