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Purification from Uncleanness

19:11 “ ‘Whoever touches21 the corpse22 of any person23 will be ceremonially unclean24 seven days. 19:12 He must purify himself25 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 Lord. And that person must be cut off from Israel,26 because the water of purification was not sprinkled on him. He will be unclean; his uncleanness remains on him.

19:14 “ ‘This is the law: When a man dies27 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 take31 some of the ashes of the heifer32 burnt for purification from sin and pour33 fresh running34 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 Lord; the water of purification was not sprinkled on him, so he is unclean.

19:21 “ ‘So this will be a perpetual ordinance for them: The one who sprinkles36 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.’ ”


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