Reading 31/341, Leviticus 12-14.10

Today is an example of why people usually quit reading with Leviticus. There are only 5 more readings to the end of Leviticus. The parts on leprosy are nice because they give context to the healings of Jesus.

...Leviticus...

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her monthly period she shall be unclean. In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. She shall continue in the blood of purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any holy thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her period, and she shall continue in the blood of purification sixty-six days. When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, and he shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female. If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons; the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering, and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.'"

The Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, "When a man shall have a swelling in his body's skin, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes in the skin of his body a leprous disease, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons the priests, and the priest shall examine the disease in the skin of the body, and if the hair in the disease has turned white, and the appearance of the disease is deeper than the body's skin, it is a leprous disease, and the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean. If the bright spot is white in the skin of his body, and the appearance of it is not deeper than the skin, and the hair of it has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate the infected person for seven days. The priest shall examine him on the seventh day, and, behold, if in his eyes the disease is arrested, and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall isolate him for seven more days. The priest shall examine him again on the seventh day, and behold, if the disease has faded, and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. It is a scab. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the scab spreads on the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again. The priest shall examine him, and behold, if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is leprosy.

When a leprous disease is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall examine him. Behold, if there is a white bump in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the bump, it is a chronic leprosy in the skin of his body, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. He shall not isolate him, for he is unclean. If the leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the infected person from his head to his feet, as far as it appears to the priest; then the priest shall examine him, and, behold, if the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean of the disease. It has all turned white, he is clean. But whenever raw flesh appears in him, he shall be unclean. The priest shall examine the raw flesh, and pronounce him unclean, the raw flesh is unclean. It is leprosy. Or if the raw flesh turns again, and is changed to white, then he shall come to the priest, and the priest shall examine him, and, behold, if the disease has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean of the disease. He is clean. When the body has a boil on its skin, and it has healed, and in the place of the boil there is a white bump, or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest, and the priest shall examine it, and behold, if it appears to be more than skin-deep, and the hair of it has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous disease. It has broken out in the boil. But if the priest examines it, and behold, there are no white hairs in it, and it is not more than skin-deep, but is dim, then the priest shall isolate him seven days. If it spreads in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a disease. But if the bright spot stays in its place, and has not spread, it is the scar from the boil, and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

When the body has a burn from fire on its skin, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white, then the priest shall examine it, and behold, if the hair in the bright spot has turned white, and the appearance of it is deeper than the skin; it is leprosy. It has broken out in the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous disease. But if the priest examines it, and behold, there is no white hair in the bright spot, and it is not lower than the skin, but is faded; then the priest shall isolate him seven days. The priest shall examine him on the seventh day. If it has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a leprous disease. If the bright spot stays in its place, and has not spread in the skin, but is faded, it is the swelling from the burn, and the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it is the scar from the burn. When a man or woman has a disease on the head or on the beard, then the priest shall examine the disease, and behold, if the appearance of it is deeper than the skin, and the hair in it is yellow and thin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean, it is an itch, it is leprosy of the head or of the beard. If the priest examines the disease of itching, and behold, its appearance is not deeper than the skin, and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall isolate the person infected with itching seven days. On the seventh day the priest shall examine the disease, and behold, if the itch has not spread, and there is no yellow hair in it, and the appearance of the itch is not more than skin-deep, he shall be shaved, but he shall not shave the itch, and the priest shall shut the man with the itch up seven more days. On the seventh day, the priest shall examine the itch, and behold, if the itch has not spread in the skin, and its appearance is not deeper than the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the itch spreads in the skin after his cleansing, then the priest shall examine him, and behold, if the itch has spread in the skin, the priest shall not look for the yellow hair; he is unclean. But if in his eyes the itch is arrested, and black hair has grown in it; the itch is healed, he is clean. The priest shall pronounce him clean.

When a man or a woman has bright spots in the skin of the body, white bright spots, the priest shall examine them, and behold, if the bright spots on the skin of their body are a dull white, it is a harmless rash, it has broken out in the skin; they are clean. If a man's hair has fallen from his head, he is bald. He is clean. If his hair has fallen off from the front part of his head, his forehead is bald. He is clean. But if there is in the bald head, or the bald forehead, a reddish-white disease; it is leprosy breaking out in his bald head, or his bald forehead. Then the priest shall examine him, and, behold, if the bump of the disease is reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh, he is a leprous man. He is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean. His disease is on his head.

The leper in whom the disease is shall wear torn clothes, and the hair of his head shall hang loose. He shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!' All the days in which the disease is in him he shall be unclean. He is unclean. He shall dwell alone. Outside of the camp shall be his dwelling.

The garment also that a leprous disease is in, whether it is a woolen garment, or a linen garment; whether it is in warp, or woof; of linen, or of wool; whether in a skin, or in anything made of skin; if the disease is greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything made of skin; it is a leprous disease, and shall be shown to the priest. The priest shall examine the disease, and isolate the disease seven days. He shall examine the disease on the seventh day. If the disease has spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, whatever use the skin is used for, the disease is a destructive leprous disease. It is unclean. He shall burn the garment, whether the warp or the woof, in wool or in linen, or anything of skin, in which the disease is, for it is a destructive leprous disease. It shall be burned in the fire. If the priest examines it, and behold, the disease has not spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin; then the priest shall command that they wash the thing in which the disease is, and he shall isolate it seven more days. Then the priest shall examine it, after the disease is washed, and behold, if the disease has not changed its color, and the disease has not spread, it is unclean; you shall burn it in the fire. It is a leprous diseased spot, whether the bareness is inside or outside. If the priest looks, and behold, the disease has faded after it is washed, then he shall tear it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof, and if it appears again in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin, it is spreading. You shall burn with fire that in which the disease is. The garment, either the warp, or the woof, or whatever thing of skin it is, which you shall wash, if the disease has departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and it will be clean. This is the law of leprous disease in a garment of wool or linen, either in the warp, or the woof, or in anything of skin, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.”

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall go forth out of the camp. The priest shall examine him, and behold, if a leprous disease is healed in the leper, then the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two living clean birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop. The priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water. As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. He shall sprinkle on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird go into the open field. He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and bathe himself in water, and he shall be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, but shall dwell outside his tent seven days. It shall be on the seventh day that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, all his hair he shall shave off. He shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his body in water, then he shall be clean. On the eighth day he shall take two male lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish, and three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil.

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