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Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:1 - The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:2 - “Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous[fn] or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:3 - You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:4 - And the people of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp; as the LORD said to Moses, so the people of Israel did.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:5 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:6 - “Speak to the people of Israel, When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the LORD, and that person realizes his guilt,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:7 - he shall confess his sin that he has committed.[fn] And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:8 - But if the man has no next of kin to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution for wrong shall go to the LORD for the priest, in addition to the ram of atonement with which atonement is made for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:9 - And every contribution, all the holy donations of the people of Israel, which they bring to the priest, shall be his.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:10 - Each one shall keep his holy donations: whatever anyone gives to the priest shall be his.”

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:11 - And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:12 - “Speak to the people of Israel, If any man’s wife goes astray and breaks faith with him,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:13 - if a man lies with her sexually, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and she is undetected though she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her, since she was not taken in the act,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:14 - and if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife who has defiled herself, or if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife, though she has not defiled herself,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:15 - then the man shall bring his wife to the priest and bring the offering required of her, a tenth of an ephah[fn] of barley flour. He shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of remembrance, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:16 - “And the priest shall bring her near and set her before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:17 - And the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:18 - And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD and unbind the hair of the woman’s head and place in her hands the grain offering of remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:19 - Then the priest shall make her take an oath, saying, ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to uncleanness while you were under your husband’s authority, be free from this water of bitterness that brings the curse.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:20 - But if you have gone astray, though you are under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself, and some man other than your husband has lain with you,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:21 - then’ (let the priest make the woman take the oath of the curse, and say to the woman) ‘the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh fall away and your body swell.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:22 - May this water that brings the curse pass into your bowels and make your womb swell and your thigh fall away.’ And the woman shall say, ‘Amen, Amen.’

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:23 - “Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:24 - And he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:25 - And the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy out of the woman’s hand and shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:26 - And the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering, as its memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, and afterward shall make the woman drink the water.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:27 - And when he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has broken faith with her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall swell, and her thigh shall fall away, and the woman shall become a curse among her people.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:28 - But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, then she shall be free and shall conceive children.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:29 - “This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:30 - or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 5:31 - The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.”
ESV Footnotes
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
Hebrew they shall confess their sin that they have committed
An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters

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