Numbers 19:1-9 (New International Version)

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The Water of Cleansing

1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: 2 "This is a requirement of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer1 without defect or blemish2 and that has never been under a yoke.3 3 Give it to Eleazar4 the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp5 and slaughtered in his presence. 4 Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle6 it seven times toward the front of the Tent of Meeting. 5 While he watches, the heifer is to be burned--its hide, flesh, blood and offal.7 6 The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop8 and scarlet wool9 and throw them onto the burning heifer. 7 After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water.10 He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening. 8 The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening. 9 "A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer11 and put them in a ceremonially clean place12 outside the camp. They shall be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing;13 it is for purification from sin.14
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