Leviticus 13

1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2“A person might have a swelling on his skin, or it may be a scab or a bright spot. If the sore looks like the disease of leprosy, then the person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. 3The priest must look at the sore on the person’s skin. If the hair in the sore has become white, and if the sore seems deeper than the person’s skin, then it is a leprosy disease. When the priest has finished looking at the person, the priest must announce that the person is unclean. 4“Sometimes there is a white spot on a person’s skin. But the spot does not seem deeper than the skin. If that is true, then the priest must separate that person from other people for seven days. 5On the seventh day, the priest must look at the person. If the priest sees that the sore has not changed and has not spread on the skin, then the priest must separate the person for seven more days. 6Seven days later the priest must look at the person again. If the sore has faded, and has not spread on the skin, then the priest must announce that the person is clean. The sore is only a scab. The person must wash his clothes and become clean again. 7“But if, after the person has shown himself to the priest to be made clean ˻again,˼ the scab spreads more over the skin, then the person must come again to the priest. 8The priest must look. If the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest must announce that the person is unclean. That is a leprosy disease. 9“If a person has leprosy, he must be brought to the priest. 10The priest must look at that person. If there is a white swelling in the skin, and if the hair has become white, and if the skin looks raw in the swelling, 11then it is a leprosy that has continued for a long time on that person’s skin. The priest must announce that the person is unclean. The priest does not have to separate that person from other people for a short time. Why? Because ˻the priest already knows˼ that the person is unclean. 12“Sometimes a skin disease will spread all over a person’s body. The skin disease will cover that person’s skin from his head to his feet. The priest must look at that person’s whole body. 13If the priest sees that the skin disease covers the whole body and that it has turned all of that person’s skin white, then the priest must announce that the person is clean. 14But if the person has raw skin, then he is not clean. 15When the priest sees the raw skin, he must announce that the person is unclean. The raw skin is not clean. It is a leprosy disease. 16“If the raw skin changes and becomes white, then the person must come to the priest. 17The priest must look at the person. If the infection has become white, then the priest must announce that the person who has the infection is clean. That person is clean. 18“A person might get a boil on his skin that heals over. 19Then that boil might become a white swelling or a bright, white spot with red streaks in it. If this happens, the person must show that spot to a priest. 20The priest must look at it. If the swelling is deeper than the skin and the hair on it has become white, then the priest must announce that the person is unclean. The spot is the infection of leprosy. The leprosy has broken out from inside the boil. 21But if the priest looks at the spot, and there are no white hairs in it, and the spot is not deeper than the skin, but is faded, then the priest must separate the person for seven days. 22If more of the spot spreads on the skin, then the priest must announce that the person is unclean. It is an infection. 23But if the bright spot stays in its place, and does not spread, then it is only the scar from the old boil. The priest must announce that the person is clean. 24- 25“A person might get a burn on his skin. If the raw skin becomes a white spot or white spot with red streaks in it, the priest must look at it. If that white spot seems to be deeper than the skin, and the hair at that spot has become white, then it is a leprosy disease. The leprosy has broken out in the burn. The priest must announce that the person is unclean. It is a leprosy disease. 26But if the priest looks at the spot, and there is no white hair in the bright spot, and the spot is not deeper than the skin, but is faded, then the priest must separate the person for seven days. 27On the seventh day the priest must look at the person again. If the spot spread on the skin, then the priest must announce that the person is unclean. It is a leprosy disease. 28But if the bright spot did not spread on the skin, but is faded, it is the swelling from the burn. The priest must announce the person clean. It is only the scar from the burn. 29“A person might get an infection on his scalp or beard. 30A priest must look at the infection. If the infection seems to be deeper than the skin, and if the hair around it is thin and yellow, then the priest must announce that the person is unclean. It is a bad skin disease. 31If the disease does not seem deeper than the skin, but there is no dark hair in it, then the priest must separate that person for seven days. 32On the seventh day the priest must look at the infection. If the disease has not spread, and there are no yellow hairs growing in it, and the disease does not seem deeper than the skin, 33then the person must shave himself. But he must not shave the disease. The priest must separate that person for seven more days. 34On the seventh day, the priest must look at the disease. If the disease has not spread through the skin, and it does not seem deeper than the skin, then the priest must announce that the person is clean. The person must wash his clothes and become clean. 35But if the disease spreads on the skin after the person has become clean, 36then the priest must look at the person again. If the disease has spread in the skin, the priest does not need to look for the yellowish hair. The person is unclean. 37But if the priest thinks that the disease has stopped, and black hair is growing in it, the disease has healed. The person is clean. The priest must announce that the person is clean. 38“If a person has white spots on his skin, 39then a priest must look at those spots. If the spots on that person’s skin are only dull white, then the disease is only a harmless rash. That person is clean. 40“A man might lose hair from his head. He is clean. It is only baldness. 41A man might lose hair from the sides of his head. He is clean. It is only another kind of baldness. 42But if there is a red and white infection on his scalp, then it is a skin disease. 43A priest must look at that person. If the swelling of the infection is red and white and looks like the leprosy on other parts of the body, 44then that person has a leprosy disease on his scalp. The person is unclean. The priest must announce that the person is unclean. 45“If a person has a leprosy disease, ˻then that person must warn other people˼. That person must shout, 'Unclean, unclean!’ That person’s clothes must be torn at the seams. That person must let his hair grow wild. And that person must cover his mouth. 46That person will be unclean the whole time he has the infection. That person is unclean. He must live alone. His home must be outside the camp. 47- 48“Some clothing might have mildew on it. The cloth might be linen or wool. The cloth might be woven or knitted. Or the mildew might be on a piece of leather or on something made from leather. 49If that mildew is green or red, then it must be shown to a priest. 50The priest must look at the mildew. He must put that thing in a separate place for seven days. 51- 52On the seventh day, the priest must look at the mildew. It does not matter if the mildew is on leather or cloth. It does not matter if the cloth is woven or knitted. It does not matter what the leather was used for. If the mildew spread, then that cloth or leather is unclean. The infection is unclean. The priest must burn that cloth or leather. 53“If the priest sees that the mildew did not spread, then that cloth or leather must be washed. It does not matter if it is leather or cloth, or if the cloth is knitted or woven, it must be washed. 54The priest must order the people to wash that piece of leather or cloth. Then the priest must separate the clothing for seven more days. 55After that time, the priest must look again. If the mildew still looks the same, then that thing is unclean. It does not matter if the infection has not spread. You must burn that cloth or piece of leather. 56“But if the priest looks at that piece of leather or cloth, and the mildew has faded, then the priest must tear the infection out of the piece of leather or cloth. It does not matter if the cloth is woven or knitted. 57But the mildew might come back to that piece of leather or cloth. If that happens, then the mildew is spreading. That piece of leather or cloth must be burned. 58But if the mildew did not come back after washing, then that piece of leather or cloth is clean. It does not matter if the cloth was woven or knitted. That cloth is clean.” 59Those are the rules for mildew on pieces of leather or cloth. It does not matter if the cloth is woven or knitted.

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