Leviticus 13:12

12 And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looketh*;

Leviticus 13:12 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 13:12

And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin
Or, if flowering it flowers F13; the man that has it on him looks like a plant or tree covered with white flowers, being spread all over him in white swellings, bright spots or scabs, as it follows:

and the leprosy cover all the skin of [him that hath] the plague, from
his head even to his foot;
such an one as the leper was that came to Christ for healing, said to be full of leprosy, ( Luke 5:12 ) ; and such in a mystical sense is every sinner, whether sensible of it or not, even from the Crown of the head to the sole of the foot, full of the wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores of sin, ( Isaiah 1:6 ) ;

wheresoever the priest looketh;
that is, he cannot look any where upon any part of him but he sees the signs of the leprosy on him; and from whence the Jewish writers gather, that a priest that inspects leprous persons ought to have a clear sight, and to have both his eyes, and that the inspection should not be made in a dark house.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (xrpt xwrp) (anyousa exanyhsh) , Sept. "florendo floruerit", Montanus; so Drusius & Tigurine version.

Leviticus 13:12 In-Context

10 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
11 It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.
12 And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looketh;
13 Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean.
14 But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean.