THE FOURTH BOOK OF
N U M B E R S
Numbers 5 ©
A command of God to remove all unclean persons from the camp, v. 1, etc. Which is executed, 4. Laws of restoring such things as were taken away or embezzled from any, 5. Of hallowed things, that they belong to the priests, 9. Of an husband’s jealous apprehension about his wife’s honesty, and the ceremonies to be used for the clearing thereof, 11. And a declaration of the same, 27. With a conclusion of that law, 29.
AND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Command the children of Israel, that they put outa of the camp every leper, and every oneb that hath an 1issue, and whosoever is defiled byc the 2dead:
3Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that 4they 5defile not 6their camps, 7in the midst whereof I dwell.
And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel.
¶And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speakd unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any 8sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that 9person be guilty;
Then they shall 10confess their sin which they have done: and 11he shall recompense his 12trespass withe the principal thereof, and add unto it 13the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.
But if 14the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him.
And every 15offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they bring unto the priest, shall be 16his.
Andf every man’s hallowed things shall be his: whatsoever any man giveth the priest, it shall be his.
¶And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If 17any man’s wife 18go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
And a man lie with her 19carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be 20defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;
And 21the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of 22an ephahg of barley meal; he shall pour 23no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.
And the priest shall bring her near, and set her 24before the LORD:
And the priest shall take 25holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:
And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and 26uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the 27bitter water that causeth 28the curse:
And the priest shall 29charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another 30instead of thy husband, be thou 31free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:
But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain 32with thee beside thine husband:
Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath 33of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee 34a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;
And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, 35Amen, amen.
And the priest shall write these curses in a 36book, and he shall 37blot them out with the bitter water:
And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth 38the curse shall enter into her, and become 39bitter.
Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman's hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar:
And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial 40thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.
And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that 41the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be 42a curse among her people.
And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive 43seed.
This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;
Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman 44before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.
Then shall the man be 45guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her 46iniquity.