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Numbers 19:2

Overview - Numbers 19
The water of separation made of the ashes of a red heifer.
11 The law for the use of it in purification of the unclean.
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Numbers 19:2  (King James Version)
This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
 


the ordinance
31:21 Hebrews 9:10

a red heifer
The following curious particulars have been remarked in this ordinance: 1. A heifer was appointed for sacrifice, in opposition to the Egyptian superstition, which held these sacred, and worshipped their goddess Isis under this form; and this appears the more likely, because males only were chosen for sacrifice. So Herodotus says, they sacrifice males, both old and young; but it is not lawful for them to offer females. 2. It was to be a red heifer, because the Egyptians
sacrificed red bulls to the evil demon Typhon 3. It was to be without spot, having no mixture of any other colour. Plutarch says, the Egyptians "sacrifice red bulls, and select them with such scrupulous attention, that if the animal has a single black or white hair, they reckon it [athuton,] unfit to be sacrificed
" 4. Without blemish. (See note on Leviticus 22:21
) 5. On which never came yoke: because an animal
which had been used for a common purpose was deemed improper for sacrifice. 6 ; Leviticus 14:6 ; Isaiah 1:18 ; Revelation 1:5

no blemish See on
Exodus 12:5 ; Leviticus 22:20-25 ; Malachi 1:13 Malachi 1:14 ; Luke 1:35 ; Hebrews 7:26 ; 1 Peter 1:19
1 Peter 2:22

upon which
Deuteronomy 21:3 ; 1 Samuel 6:7 ; Lamentations 1:14 ; John 10:17 John 10:18 ; Philippians 2:6-8