Then the LORDspoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
2"This is the statute of the lawwhich the LORD has commanded, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an 1unblemishedredheifer in which is nodefect and 2on which a yoke has neverabeen placed.
'You shall give it to 3Eleazar the priest, and it shall 4be broughtoutside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence.
'Next Eleazar the priest shall takesome of its blood with his finger and 5sprinklesome of its bloodtoward the front of the tent of meetingseventimes.
'Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; 6its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned.
'The priest shall take7cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the bburningheifer.
'The priest8shall then wash his clothes and bathe his cbody in water, and afterwardcome into the camp, but the priest shall be uncleanuntilevening.
'The one who burns it shall also wash his clothes in water and bathe his dbody in water, and shall be uncleanuntilevening.
'Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a cleanplace, and ethe congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as 9water to remove impurity; it is fpurification from sin.
'The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer10shall wash his clothes and be uncleanuntilevening; and it shall be a perpetualstatute to the sons of Israel and to the alien who sojournsamong them.
'11The one who touches the corpse of anygperson shall be unclean for sevendays.
'That one shall 12purify himself from uncleanness with hthe water on the thirdday and on the seventhday, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the thirdday and on the seventhday, he will not be clean.
'13Anyone who touches a corpse, the ibody of a manwho has died, and does not purify himself, 14defiles the jtabernacle of the LORD; and that person shall be cutoff from Israel. Because the water for impurity was not k15sprinkled on him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him.
14'This is the lawwhen a mandies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyonewho is in the tent shall be unclean for sevendays.
15'Everyopenvessel, whichhasnocoveringltieddown on it, shall be unclean.
'16Also, anyonewho in the openfieldtouchesonewho has been slain with a swordor who has died naturally, or a humanboneor a grave, shall be unclean for sevendays.
'Then for the unclean person they shall takesome of the mashes of the nburnto17purification from sin and pflowingwater shall be qadded to them in a vessel.
'A cleanperson shall takehyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the personswho were there, and on the one who touched the boneor the oneslainor the one dying naturally or the grave.
'Then the clean person 18shall sprinkle on the unclean on the thirdday and on the seventhday; and on the seventhday he shall purify him from uncleanness, and he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and shall be clean by evening.
'But the manwho is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cutoff from the midst of the assembly, because he has 19defiled the sanctuary of the LORD; the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean.
'So it shall be a perpetualstatute for them. And he 20who sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity shall be uncleanuntilevening.
'21Furthermore, anything that the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the person who touches it shall be uncleanuntilevening.' "