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Numbers 19:1-22

19  And Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron, 2  saying “This is the rule of instruction that Jehovah has ordered: speak to the sons of Israel and have them take a faultless red cow with no defect in her, one on whose neck a yoke has never gone; 3  and you shall give her to Priest Eleazar, and she shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered before him. 4  And Priest Eleazar shall take some of her blood on his finger and sprinkle some of her blood opposite the front of the Tent of Meeting seven times; 5  and the cow shall be burned under his eyes, burned skin and flesh and blood and dung and all; 6  and the priest shall take cedarwood and marjoram and scarlet and throw them into the midst of the burning of the cow. 7  And the priest shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh with water, and afterward he shall go into the camp; and the priest shall be unclean till evening. 8  And the one that burns her shall wash his clothes in water and bathe his flesh with water, and be unclean till evening. 9  And a clean man shall collect the ashes of the cow and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Israel shall have them to be preserved for pollution-water; it is a sin-offering. 10  And the one that collects the ashes of the cow shall wash his clothes and be unclean till evening. “And the sons of Israel and the immigrant who lives among them shall have it for a permanent usage. 11  He who touches a dead body of any human being shall be unclean seven days. 12**  He shall clear away his sin with it on the third day and on the seventh, and be clean; and if he does not clear away his sin on the third day and the seventh, he shall not be clean. 13  Anyone who touches a dead body, a human being who dies, and does not clear away his sin, has defiled Jehovah’s tabernacle, and that person shall be cut off from Israel, because pollution-water was not thrown on him; he is unclean, he still has his uncleanness on him. 14  “This is the ruling: when a man dies in a tent, everybody who goes into the tent, and everybody who is in it, shall be unclean seven days. 15  And every open receptacle that has no stopper (string) on it is unclean. 16*  And anyone who in the open country touches a man killed with a weapon or otherwise dead, or a human bone, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17  And they shall take for the unclean man or thing some of the dust from the burning of the sin-offering and put living water on it in a dish, 18*  and a clean man shall take marjoram and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent and on the things and on the persons who had been there, and on the one who touched a bone or a man killed or otherwise dead or a grave; 19  and the clean one shall sprinkle it on the unclean on the third day and on the seventh, and clear away his sin on the seventh day; and he shall wash his clothes and bathe with water and be clean at evening. 20  And a man who becomes unclean and does not clear away his sin, that person shall be cut off from among the assembly because he has defiled Jehovah’s sanctuary: pollution-water was not thrown on him, he is unclean. 21  And they shall have it as a permanent usage. And he who sprinkles the pollution-water shall wash his clothes; and he who touches the pollution-water shall be unclean till evening. 22  And everything that the unclean one touches shall be unclean, and the person who touches him shall be unclean till evening.”

Footnotes

19:12 Var. it on the third day, and on the seventh he shall be clean
19:12 Or sin on the third day, on the seventh he shall
19:16 Lit. with a weapon or a dead man, or a human
19:18 Lit. killed or a dead man or a grave