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1 The LORD gave these instructions to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Command the people of Israel to remove anyone from the camp who has a contagious skin disease or a discharge, or who has been defiled by touching a dead person. 2 "Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has an infectious skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.
3 This applies to men and women alike. Remove them so they will not defile the camp, where I live among you." 3 Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them."
4 So the Israelites did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and removed such people from the camp. 4 The Israelites did this; they sent them outside the camp. They did just as the LORD had instructed Moses.
5 Then the LORD said to Moses, 5 The LORD said to Moses,
6 "Give these instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people -- men or women -- betray the LORD by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. 6 "Say to the Israelites: 'When a man or woman wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the LORD, that person is guilty
7 They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding a penalty of 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged. 7 and must confess the sin he has committed. He must make full restitution for his wrong, add one fifth to it and give it all to the person he has wronged.
8 But if the person who was wronged is dead, and there are no near relatives to whom restitution can be made, it belongs to the LORD and must be given to the priest, along with a ram for atonement. 8 But if that person has no close relative to whom restitution can be made for the wrong, the restitution belongs to the LORD and must be given to the priest, along with the ram with which atonement is made for him.
9 All the sacred gifts that the Israelites bring to a priest will belong to him. 9 All the sacred contributions the Israelites bring to a priest will belong to him.
10 Each priest may keep the sacred donations that he receives." 10 Each man's sacred gifts are his own, but what he gives to the priest will belong to the priest.' "
11 And the LORD said to Moses, 11 Then the LORD said to Moses,
12 "Say to the people of Israel: 'Suppose a man's wife goes astray and is unfaithful to her husband. 12 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If a man's wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him
13 Suppose she sleeps with another man, but there is no witness since she was not caught in the act. 13 by sleeping with another man, 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 If her husband becomes jealous and suspicious of his wife, even if she has not defiled herself, 14 and if feelings of jealousy 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 the husband must bring his wife to the priest with an offering of two quarts of barley flour to be presented on her behalf. Do not mix it with olive oil or frankincense, for it is a jealousy offering -- an offering of inquiry to find out if she is guilty. 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder offering to draw attention to guilt.
16 "'The priest must then present her before the LORD. 16 " 'The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD.
17 He must take some holy water in a clay jar and mix it with dust from the Tabernacle floor. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water.
18 When he has presented her before the LORD, he must unbind her hair and place the offering of inquiry -- the jealousy offering -- in her hands to determine whether or not her husband's suspicions are justified. The priest will stand before her, holding the jar of bitter water that brings a curse to those who are guilty." 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse.
19 The priest will put the woman under oath and say to her, "If no other man has slept with you, and you have not defiled yourself by being unfaithful, may you be immune from the effects of this bitter water that causes the curse. 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 astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you.
20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband's authority and defiled yourself by sleeping with another man" -- 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband"--
21 at this point the priest must put the woman under this oath -- "then may the people see that the LORD's curse is upon you when he makes you infertile. 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath--"may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell.
22 Now may this water that brings the curse enter your body and make you infertile. " And the woman will be required to say, "Yes, let it be so." 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away. " " 'Then the woman is to say, "Amen. So be it."
23 Then the priest will write these curses on a piece of leather and wash them off into the bitter water. 23 " 'The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water.
24 He will then make the woman drink the bitter water, so it may bring on the curse and cause bitter suffering in cases of guilt. 24 He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering.
25 "'Then the priest will take the jealousy offering from the woman's hand, lift it up before the LORD, and carry it to the altar. 25 The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the LORD and bring it to the altar.
26 He will take a handful as a token portion and burn it on the altar. Then he will require the woman to drink the water. 26 The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water.
27 If she has defiled herself by being unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings the curse will cause bitter suffering. She will become infertile, and her name will become a curse word among her people. 27 If she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse, it will go into her and cause bitter suffering; her abdomen will swell and her thigh waste away, and she will become accursed among her people.
28 But if she has not defiled herself and is pure, she will be unharmed and will still be able to have children." 28 If, however, the woman has not defiled herself and is free from impurity, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.
29 "'This is the ritual law for dealing with jealousy. If a woman defiles herself by being unfaithful to her husband, 29 " 'This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and defiles herself while married to her husband,
30 or if a man is overcome with jealousy and suspicion that his wife has been unfaithful, the husband must present his wife before the LORD, and the priest will apply this entire ritual law to her. 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her.
31 The husband will be innocent of any guilt in this matter, but his wife will be held accountable for her sin.'" 31 The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.' "