If she has defiled herself in being unfaithful to her husband, when she drinks the water that delivers a curse, it will enter her body and cause acute pain; her belly will swell and her womb shrivel. She will be cursed among her people.
But if she has not defiled herself and is innocent of impurity, her name will be cleared and she will be able to have children.
"This is the law of jealousy in a case where a woman goes off and has an affair and defiles herself while married to her husband,
or a husband is tormented with feelings of jealousy because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand in the presence of God and go through this entire procedure with her.
The husband will be cleared of wrong, but the woman will pay for her wrong."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.