1Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, 2'If a swel ing or scab or spot appears on someone's skin, which could develop into a contagious skin-disease, that person must then be taken to the priest, either Aaron or one of his sons. 3The priest wil examine the disease on the skin. If the hair on the diseased part has turned white, or ifthe disease bites into the skin, the skin-disease is contagious, and after examination the priest wil declare theperson unclean. 4But if there is a white spot on the skin without any visible depression of the skin or whitening of thehair, the priest wil isolate the sick person for seven days. 5On the seventh day he wil examine the person, and if he observes that the disease persists thoughwithout spreading over the skin, he will isolate the person for a further seven days 6and examine him again on the seventh. If he finds that the disease has faded and has not spread overthe skin, the priest wil declare the person clean. This was merely a scab. Once he has washed his clothing hewil be clean. 7'But if the scab spreads over the skin after the sick person has been examined by the priest anddeclared clean, then he wil let himself be examined again by the priest. 8After examining him and certifying the spread of the scab over the skin, the priest wil declare himunclean: it is a contagious skin-disease. 9'Someone who has a contagious skin-disease must be taken to the priest. 10The priest wil examine the sick person, and if he finds a whitish swel ing with whitening of the hairand an ulcer forming on the skin, 11this is a dormant skin-disease, and the priest wil declare the person unclean. He wil not isolate him;he is obviously unclean. 12'But if the disease spreads all through the skin, if it covers the person entirely from head to foot so faras the priest can see, 13the priest wil then examine the sick person and, if he finds that the skin-disease covers his wholebody, declare the sick person clean. Since it has al become white, he is clean. 14But as soon as an ulcer appears on him, he wil be unclean. 15After examining the ulcer, the priest will declare him unclean: the ulcer is unclean, it is contagious. 16But if the ulcer becomes white again, the sick person wil go to the priest; 17the priest wil examine him and if he finds that the disease has turned white, he wil declare the sickperson clean: he is clean. 18'When an ulcer appears on someone's skin, and then gets better, 19and if then a white swel ing or a reddish-white spot forms on the same place, the sick person wilshow himself to the priest. 20The priest wil examine him, and if he finds a visible depression in the skin and a whitening of thehair, he wil declare the person unclean: this is a case of contagious skin-disease breaking out in an ulcer. 21But if on examination the priest finds neither white hair nor depression of the skin, but a fading of theaffected part, he wil isolate the sick person for seven days. 22If the disease has then spread over the skin, he will declare the person unclean: this is a case ofcontagious skin-disease. 23But if the spot has stayed where it was and has not spread, it is the scar of the ulcer and the priestwil declare the person clean. 24'If someone has a burn on the skin and an abscess, a reddish-white or white spot, forms on the burn, 25the priest wil then examine it. If he finds a whitening of the hair or a visible depression of the mark onthe skin, a contagious disease has broken out in the burn. The priest wil declare the sick person unclean: this isa contagious skin-disease. 26If on the other hand the priest on examination does not find white hair on the mark or depression ofthe skin, but a fading of the mark, the priest will isolate the person for seven days. 27He wil examine the person on the seventh day and, if the disease has spread over the skin, he wildeclare the sick person unclean: this is a case of contagious skin-disease. 28If the mark has stayed where it was and has not spread over the skin, but has faded instead, it wasonly a swel ing due to the burn. The priest wil declare the person clean: it is merely a burn scar. 29'If a man or a woman has a sore on the head or chin, 30the priest wil examine the sore; and if he finds a depression visible in the skin, with the hair on ityel ow and thin, he wil declare the sick person unclean: this is tinea, that is to say, a contagious skin-disease of the head or chin. 31If on examining this case of tinea the priest finds no visible depression in the skin and no yellow hair,he wil isolate the person so affected for seven days. 32He wil examine the infected part on the seventh day, and if he finds that the tinea has not spread,that the hair on it is not yel ow, and that there is no visible depression in the skin, 33the sick person will shave his hair off, all except the part affected with tinea, and the priest wil againisolate him for seven days. 34He wil examine the infected part on the seventh day, and if he finds that it has not spread over theskin, and that there is no visible depression of the skin, the priest wil declare the sick person clean. Afterwashing his clothes the person wil be clean. 35But if after this purification the tinea does spread over the skin, 36the priest wil examine the person; if he finds that the tinea has indeed spread over the skin, the sickperson is unclean, and there is no need to verify whether the hair is yellow. 37Whereas if, so far as he can see, the tinea is arrested and dark hair is beginning to grow on it, thesick person is cured. He is clean, and the priest will declare him clean. 38'If spots break out on the skin of a man or woman, and if these spots are white, 39the priest wil examine them. If he finds that the spots are of a dul white, this is a rash that hasbroken out on the skin: the sick person is clean. 40'If someone loses the hair of the scalp, this is baldness of the scalp but the person is clean. 41If he loses hair off the front of the head, this is baldness of the forehead but the person is clean. 42If, however, a reddish-white sore appears on scalp or forehead, a contagious skin-disease hasbroken out on the scalp or forehead. 43The priest wil examine it, and if he finds a reddish-white swel ing on scalp or forehead, looking like acontagious skin-disease, 44the person has such a disease: he is unclean. The priest will declare him unclean; he has acontagious skin-disease of the head. 45'Anyone with a contagious skin-disease wil wear torn clothing and disordered hair; and wil cover theupper lip and shout, "Unclean, unclean." 46As long as the disease lasts, such a person wil be unclean and, being unclean, will live alone andlive outside the camp. 47'When a piece of clothing is infected with mould, be it wool en or linen clothing, 48linen or wool en fabric or covering, or leather or anything made of leather, 49if the spot on the clothing, leather, fabric, covering or object made of leather is a greenish or reddishcolour, it is a disease to be shown to the priest. 50The priest wil examine the infection and isolate the object for seven days. 51If on the seventh day he observes that the infection has spread on the clothing, fabric, covering,leather or object made of leather, whatever it may be, this is a contagious disease and the object is unclean. 52He wil burn this clothing, fabric, linen or woollen covering or leather object whatever it may be, onwhich the infection has appeared; for this is a contagious disease which must be destroyed by fire. 53'But if on examination the priest finds that the infection has not spread on the clothing, fabric,covering, or leather object whatever it may be, 54he wil order the infected object to be washed and wil isolate it again for a period of seven days. 55After the washing, he wil examine the infection and if he finds that there is no change in itsappearance, even though it has not spread, the article is unclean. You wil burn it; it is infected through andthrough. 56'But if on examination the priest finds that the infection has diminished after washing, he will tear it outof the clothing, leather, fabric or covering. 57But if the infection reappears on the same clothing, fabric, covering or leather object whatever it maybe, this means that the infection is active; you will burn whatever is infected. 58The clothing, fabric, covering or leather object whatever it may be, from which the infectiondisappears after being washed, wil be clean after it has been washed a second time. 59'Such is the law governing disease in a linen or wool en garment, a fabric or covering or leather objectwhatever it may be, when it is a question of declaring them clean or unclean.'
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