1Yahweh spoke to Moses and said: 2'This is the law to be applied on the day of the purification of someone who has suffered from acontagious skin-disease. Such a person wil be taken to the priest, 3and the priest wil go outside the camp. If he finds on examination that the person has recovered fromthe disease, 4he wil order the fol owing to be brought for his purification: two live birds that are clean, some cedar wood, scarlet material and hyssop. 5He will then order one of the birds to be slaughtered in an earthenware pot over running water. 6He will then take the live bird, the cedar wood, the scarlet material and the hyssop and dip all this(including the live bird) into the blood of the bird slaughtered over running water. 7He will then sprinkle the person to be purified of the skin-disease seven times, and having declared theperson clean, wil set the live bird free to fly off into the countryside. 8The person who is being purified will then wash al clothing, shave off al hair, and wash, and wil thenbe clean. After this he will return to the camp, although he wil remain outside his tent for seven days. 9On the seventh day he wil shave off all his hair-head, beard and eyebrows; he wil shave off al hishair. After washing his clothing and his body he wil be clean. 10'On the eighth day he wil take two unblemished lambs, an unblemished ewe one year old, three-tenths of wheaten flour mixed with oil for the cereal offering, and one log of oil. 11The priest who is performing the purification will place the person who is being purified, with all hisofferings, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, before Yahweh. 12He wil then take one of the lambs and offer it as a sacrifice of reparation, as also the log of oil. Withthese he wil make the gesture of offering before Yahweh. 13He wil then slaughter the lamb on that spot inside the holy place where the victims for the sacrificefor sin and for the burnt offering are slaughtered. This reparatory offering, like the sacrifice for sin, wil revert tothe priest: it is especially holy. 14The priest wil then take some blood of this sacrifice and put it on the lobe of the right ear, the thumbof the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person who is being purified. 15He wil then take the log of oil and pour a little into the hol ow of his left hand. 16He wil dip a finger of his right hand into the oil in the hollow of his left hand, and sprinkle the oil withhis finger seven times before Yahweh. 17He wil then take some of the oil left in the hollow of his hand and put it on the lobe of the right ear,the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified, in addition to the bloodof the sacrifice of reparation. 18The rest of the oil in the hol ow of his hand he will put on the head of the person who is being purified.This is how the priest wil perform the rite of expiation for such a person before Yahweh. 19'The priest wil then offer the sacrifice for sin, and perform the rite of expiation for uncleanness for theperson who is being purified. After this, he wil slaughter the burnt offering 20and offer this and the cereal offering on the altar. So, when the priest has performed the rite ofexpiation for him the person wil be clean. 21'If he is poor and cannot afford al this, he need take only one lamb, the one for the sacrifice ofreparation, and this will be presented with the gesture of offering to perform the rite of expiation for him. And forthe cereal offering he wil only take one-tenth of wheaten flour mixed with oil, and the log of oil, 22and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, whichever he can afford, one for a sacrifice for sin and theother for the burnt offering. 23He wil bring these on the eighth day to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting beforeYahweh, for his purification. 24The priest wil take the lamb for the sacrifice of reparation and the log of oil, and present them beforeYahweh with the gesture of offering. 25He wil then slaughter the lamb for the sacrifice of reparation, take some of its blood and put it on thelobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand and the big toe of the right foot of the person who is beingpurified. 26He wil pour the oil into the hol ow of his left hand, 27and with his finger sprinkle the oil in the hol ow of his left hand seven times before Yahweh. 28He wil then put some of the oil on the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand and the bigtoe of the right foot of the person who is being purified, as he did with the blood of the sacrifice of reparation. 29The remainder of the oil in the hol ow of his hand he wil put on the head of the person who is beingpurified, thus performing the rite of expiation for him before Yahweh. 30Of the two turtledoves or two young pigeons -- whatever he has been able to afford -- he wil offer 31a sacrifice for sin with one, and with the other a burnt offering with a cereal offering -- whatever hehas been able to afford. This is how the priest will perform before Yahweh the rite of expiation for the person whois being purified. 32'Such is the law concerning someone with a contagious skin-disease who cannot afford the means ofpurification.' 33Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron and said: 34'When you reach Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, if I infect a house with adisease in the country which you are to possess, 35the owner wil come and inform the priest and say, "I have seen something like a skin-disease in thehouse." 36The priest wil order the house to be emptied before he goes to examine the infection, or everything inthe house wil become unclean; after which, the priest wil go inside and examine the house; 37and if on examination he finds the wal s of the house pitted with reddish or greenish depressionswhich appear to be eating away the wall, 38the priest wil then go out of the house, to the door, and shut it up for seven days. 39On the seventh day, the priest will come back and if on examination he finds that the infection hasspread over the walls of the house, 40he wil order the infected stones to be removed and thrown into some unclean place outside the town. 41He wil then have all the inside of the house scraped, and the plaster that comes off will be emptied inan unclean place outside the town. 42The stones wil then be replaced with new ones and the house given a new coat of plaster. 43'If the infection spreads again after the stones have been removed and the house scraped andreplastered, 44the priest wil come and examine it. If he finds that the infection has spread, this means that there is acontagious disease in the house: it is unclean. 45It must be pul ed down and the stones, woodwork and al the plaster be taken to an unclean placeoutside the town. 46'Anyone who enters the house while it is closed wil be unclean until evening. 47Anyone who sleeps there wil wash his clothes. Anyone who eats there will wash his clothes. 48But if the priest finds, when he comes to examine the infection, that it has not spread in the housesince it was plastered, he wil declare the house clean, for the infection is cured. 49'As a sacrifice for the defilement of the house, he wil take two birds, some cedar wood, scarletmaterial and hyssop. 50He wil slaughter one of the birds in an earthenware pot over running water. 51He wil then take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet material and the live bird, dip them into theblood of the slaughtered bird and into the running water and sprinkle the house seven times; 52and after offering the sacrifice for the defilement of the house with the blood of the bird, the runningwater, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet material, 53he wil set the live bird free to fly out of the town into the countryside. Once the rite of expiation hasbeen performed for the house in this way it wil be clean. 54'Such is the law governing all kinds of skin-disease and tinea, 55diseases of clothing and houses, 56swel ings, scabs and spots. It defines the occasions when things are unclean and when clean. 57Such is the law on skin-diseases.'
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