Bible: Num 19
The Red Heifer Ritual
19:9 “‘Then a man who is ceremonially clean must gather up the ashes of the red heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They must be kept 18 for the community of the Israelites for use in the water of purification 19 – it is a purification for sin. 20 19:10 The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer must wash his clothes and be ceremonially unclean until evening. This will be a permanent ordinance both for the Israelites and the resident foreigner who lives among them.
Purification from Uncleanness
19:11 “‘Whoever touches 21 the corpse 22 of any person 23 will be ceremonially unclean 24 seven days. 19:12 He must purify himself 25 with water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and the seventh day, then he will not be clean. 19:13 Anyone who touches the corpse of any dead person and does not purify himself defiles the tabernacle of the
19:14 “‘This is the law: When a man dies 27 in a tent, anyone who comes into the tent and all who are in the tent will be ceremonially unclean seven days. 19:15 And every open container that has no covering fastened on it is unclean. 19:16 And whoever touches the body of someone killed with a sword in the open fields, 28 or the body of someone who died of natural causes, 29 or a human bone, or a grave, will be unclean seven days. 30
19:17 “‘For a ceremonially unclean person you must take 31 some of the ashes of the heifer 32 burnt for purification from sin and pour 33 fresh running 34 water over them in a vessel. 19:18 Then a ceremonially clean person must take hyssop, dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent, on all its furnishings, and on the people who were there, or on the one who touched a bone, or one killed, or one who died, or a grave. 19:19 And the clean person must sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he must purify him, 35 and then he must wash his clothes, and bathe in water, and he will be clean in the evening. 19:20 But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself, that person must be cut off from among the community, because he has polluted the sanctuary of the
19:21 “‘So this will be a perpetual ordinance for them: The one who sprinkles 36 the water of purification must wash his clothes, and the one who touches the water of purification will be unclean until evening. 37 19:22 And whatever the unclean person touches will be unclean, and the person who touches it will be unclean until evening.’”