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Leviticus 14:4

Overview - Leviticus 14
The rites and sacrifices in cleansing the leper.
33 The signs of leprosy in a house.
48 The cleansing of that house.
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Leviticus 14:4  (King James Version)
Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
 


two birds
or, sparrows.
The word {tzippor,} from the Arabic {zaphara,} to fly, is used in the Scriptures to denote birds of every species, particularly small birds. But it is often used in a more restricted sense, as the Hebrew writers assert, to signify the sparrow. Aquinas says the same; and Jerome renders it here the sparrow. So the Greek [strouthia,] in Matthew and Luke, which signifies a sparrow, is rendered by the Syriac translator {tzipparin}, the same as the Hebrew {tzipporim}. Nor is it peculiar to the Hebrews to give the same name to the sparrow and to fowls of the largest size; for Nicander calls the hen [strouthos katoikados,] the domestic sparrow, and both Plautus and Ausonius call the ostrich, {passer marinus,} "the marine sparrow." It is evident, however, that the word in this passage signifies birds in general; for if the sparrow was a clean bird, there was no necessity for commanding a clean one to be taken, since every one of the species was ceremonially clean; but if it was unclean, then it could not be called clean.
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cedar
Leviticus 14:6 Leviticus 14:49-52 ; Numbers 19:6

scarlet
Hebrews 9:19

hyssop
Exodus 12:22 ; Numbers 19:18 ; Psalms 51:7