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Numbers 5:1-31

5  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2  “Command the sons of Israel to send out of the camp everyone who has leprosy, and everyone who has a discharge, and everyone who is unclean by a body: 3  both male and female you shall send out, send them outside the camp, and not have their camp desecrated, for I am dwelling in your midst.” 4  And the sons of Israel did so, and sent them outside the camp; as Jehovah had told Moses, so the sons of Israel did. 5  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 6  “Tell the sons of Israel, Whey a man or woman commits any human sin, acting unfaithfully toward Jehovah, that person shall be liable for it, 7*  and shall confess his sin that he has committed, and return the principal of the sum involved and add a fifth to it, and give it to the man toward whom he made himself liable. 8  And if the man has no representative to return the sum to, the returned sum belongs to Jehovah for the priest, besides the purgation-ram with which he is purged. 9*  “And every contribution, all the dedicated things of the sons of Israel that they present to the priest, he shall have; 10  each shall have his own dedicated things; what each man gives the priest he shall have.” 11  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 12  “Tell the sons of Israel, When any man’s wife goes wrong and is unfaithful to him, 13  and a man lies with her sexually and her husband is kept in the dark, and it remains concealed while she is defiled, and there is no witness against her and she has not been caught, 14  and there comes over him a spirit of jealousy and he is jealous of his wife, she having been defiled, or there comes over him a spirit of jealousy and he is jealous of his wife, she not having been defiled, 15*  the man shall bring his wife to the priest and bring her oblation for her, a tenth of a bushel of barley meal: he shall not pour oil on it nor put frankincense on it, for it is a jealousy-offering, a memorializing offering calling attention to a crime. 16  And the priest shall present her and have her stand before Jehovah; 17*  and the priest shall take sacred water in an earthen dish, and the priest shall take some of the dust on the floor of the tabernacle and put it in the water, 18*  and the priest shall have the woman stand before Jehovah and shall dishevel the woman’s head, and put the memorializing offering in her hands—it is a jealousy-offering—; and in the priest’s hands shall be the curse-bringing water of bitterness. 19  And the priest shall put her to the oath and say to the woman ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone foully wrong while under your husband, be immune from this curse-bringing water of bitterness; 20  but as you have gone wrong while under your husband and been defiled, and a man other than your husband has enjoyed your body,’— 21  the priest shall put the woman to an imprecatory oath, and the priest shall say to the woman ‘Jehovah make you an imprecation and an oath among your people, in his making your hip fall and your belly swell; 22  and may this curse-bringing water go into your entrails, belly swelling and hip falling’; and the woman shall say ‘Amen, amen.’ 23  And the priest shall write the imprecation in a note and rub it off into the water of bitterness 24  and give the woman the curse-bringing water of bitterness to drink, and the curse-bringing water of bitterness shall pass into her. 25  And the priest shall take the jealousy-offering out of the woman’s hands and wave the offering before Jehovah, and present it at the altar; 26  and the priest shall clutch up out of the offering its memorial and burn it on the altar, and afterward give the woman the water to drink. 27  And he shall give her the water to drink; and if she has been defiled and has been unfaithful to her husband, the curse-bringing water of bitterness shall pass into her and her belly shall swell and her hip fall, and the woman shall become an imprecation among her people; 28  but if the woman has not been defiled, and she is pure, she shall be immune and shall have issue. 29  This is the procedure for jealousies, a woman’s going wrong while under her husband and being defiled, 30  or a man’s having a spirit of jealousy come over him and his becoming jealous of his wife; he shall set the woman before Jehovah and the priest shall go through all this procedure with her. 31  And the man shall be immune from guilt, but that woman shall bear her guilt.”

Footnotes

5:7 Lit. and they shall confess their sins that they have
5:9 (end) Susp.
5:15 Conj.* his oblation for her
5:17 Var. take clean living water
5:18 (end) Susp.