Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
"When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as an inheritance, I may contaminate some of your houses with an infectious mildew. a35
The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, 'It looks like my house has some kind of disease.'
Before the priest examines the house, he must have the house emptied so everything inside will not be pronounced unclean. Then the priest will go in and inspect the house.
If he finds bright green or reddish streaks on the walls of the house and the contamination appears to go deeper than the wall's surface,
he will leave the house and lock it up for seven days.
On the seventh day the priest must return for another inspection. If the mildew on the walls of the house has spread,
the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be thrown into an area outside the town designated as ceremonially unclean.
Next the inside walls of the entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the unclean place outside the town.
Other stones will be brought in to replace the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered.
"But if the mildew reappears after all these things have been done,
the priest must return and inspect the house again. If he sees that the affected areas have spread, the walls are clearly contaminated with an infectious mildew, and the house is defiled.
It must be torn down, and all its stones, timbers, and plaster must be carried out of town to the place designated as ceremonially unclean.
Anyone who enters the house while it is closed will be considered ceremonially unclean until evening.
All who sleep or eat in the house must wash their clothing.
"But if the priest returns for his inspection and finds that the affected areas have not reappeared after the fresh plastering, then he will pronounce the house clean because the infectious mildew is clearly gone.
To purify the house the priest will need two birds, some cedarwood, a scarlet cloth, and a hyssop branch.
He will slaughter one of the birds over a clay pot that is filled with fresh springwater.
Then he will dip the cedarwood, the hyssop branch, the scarlet cloth, and the living bird into the blood of the slaughtered bird, and he will sprinkle the house seven times.
After he has purified the house in this way,
he will release the living bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way, the priest will make atonement for the house, and it will be ceremonially clean.
"These are the instructions for dealing with the various kinds of contagious skin disease b and infectious mildew,*
whether in clothing, in a house,
in a swollen area of skin, in a skin rash, or in a shiny patch of skin.
These instructions must be followed when dealing with any contagious skin disease or infectious mildew, to determine when something is ceremonially clean or unclean."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)