"A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer1 and put them in a ceremonially clean place2 outside the camp. They shall be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing;3 it is for purification from sin.410
The man who gathers up5 the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean till evening.6 This will be a lasting ordinance7 both for the Israelites and for the aliens living among them.811
"Whoever touches the dead body9 of anyone will be unclean for seven days.1012
He must purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day;11 then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third and seventh days, he will not be clean.1213
Whoever touches the dead body13 of anyone and fails to purify himself defiles the LORD's tabernacle.14 That person must be cut off from Israel.15 Because the water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean;16 his uncleanness remains on him.
"This is the law that applies when a person dies in a tent: Anyone who enters the tent and anyone who is in it will be unclean for seven days,
and every open container17 without a lid fastened on it will be unclean.
"Anyone out in the open who touches someone who has been killed with a sword or someone who has died a natural death,18 or anyone who touches a human bone19 or a grave,20 will be unclean for seven days.2117
"For the unclean person, put some ashes22 from the burned purification offering into a jar and pour fresh water23 over them.
Then a man who is ceremonially clean is to take some hyssop,24 dip it in the water and sprinkle25 the tent and all the furnishings and the people who were there. He must also sprinkle anyone who has touched a human bone or a grave26 or someone who has been killed or someone who has died a natural death.