Numbers 5:11-22 (New International Version)

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The Test for an Unfaithful Wife

11 Then the LORD said to Moses, 12 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If a man's wife goes astray1 and is unfaithful to him 13 by sleeping with another man,2 and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy3 come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure--or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure-- 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephaha4 of barley flour5 on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy,6 a reminder7 offering to draw attention to guilt. 16 " 'The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair8 and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy,9 while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse.10 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, "If no other man has slept with you and you have not gone astray11 and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse12 not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray13 while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband"-- 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath14--"may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell.b 22 May this water15 that brings a curse16 enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away.c " " 'Then the woman is to say, "Amen. So be it.17"
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