Numbers 19 (New American Standard)

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Ordinance of the Red Heifer

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an 1unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and 2on which a yoke has never abeen placed. 3 'You shall give it to 3Eleazar the priest, and it shall 4be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. 4 'Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and 5sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 'Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight ; 6its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. 6 'The priest shall take 7cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the bburning heifer. 7 'The priest 8shall then wash his clothes and bathe his cbody in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening. 8 'The one who burns it shall also wash his clothes in water and bathe his dbody in water, and shall be unclean until evening. 9 'Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and ethe congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as 9water to remove impurity ; it is fpurification from sin. 10 'The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer 10shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening ; and it shall be a perpetual statute to the sons of Israel and to the alien who sojourns among them. 11 '11The one who touches the corpse of any gperson shall be unclean for seven days. 12 'That one shall 12purify himself from uncleanness with hthe water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean ; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean. 13 '13Anyone who touches a corpse, the ibody of a man who has died, and does not purify himself, 14defiles the jtabernacle of the LORD ; and that person shall be cut off 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 law when a man dies in a tent : everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days. 15 'Every open vessel, which has no covering ltied down on it, shall be unclean. 16 '16Also, anyone who in the open field touches one who has been slain with a sword or who has died naturally, or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days. 17 'Then for the unclean person they shall take some of the mashes of the nburnt o17purification from sin and pflowing water shall be qadded to them in a vessel. 18 'A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there, and on the one who touched the bone or the one slain or the one dying naturally or the grave. 19 'Then the clean person 18shall sprinkle on the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day ; and on the seventh day he shall purify him from uncleanness, and he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and shall be clean by evening. 20 'But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cut off 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. 21 'So it shall be a perpetual statute for them. And he 20who sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity shall be unclean until evening. 22 '21Furthermore, anything that the unclean person touches shall be unclean ; and the person who touches it shall be unclean until evening.' "
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