Leviticus 13:12

12 “Now suppose the disease has spread all over the person’s skin, covering the body from head to foot.

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.


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

Leviticus 13:12 In-Context

10 If the priest finds a white swelling on the skin, and some hair on the spot has turned white, and there is an open sore in the affected area,
11 it is a chronic skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. In such cases the person need not be quarantined, for it is obvious that the skin is defiled by the disease.
12 “Now suppose the disease has spread all over the person’s skin, covering the body from head to foot.
13 When the priest examines the infected person and finds that the disease covers the entire body, he will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. Since the skin has turned completely white, the person is clean.
14 But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.