Leviticus 14

1The Lord said to Moses, 2“These are the rules for people who had a skin disease and became well. These rules are for making that person clean. “A priest must look at the person who had the skin disease. 3The priest must go to that person outside the camp. The priest must look to see if the skin disease is healed. 4If the person is healthy, then the priest will tell him to do these things: That person must get two living clean birds. He must also get a piece of cedar wood, a piece of red cloth, and a hyssop plant. 5Then the priest must order one bird to be killed in a clay bowl over running water. 6The priest must take the other bird that is still alive and the piece of cedar wood, the piece of red cloth, and the hyssop plant. He must dip the living bird and the other things in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. 7The priest must sprinkle the blood seven times on the person who had the skin disease. Then the priest must announce that the person is clean. After that, the priest must go to an open field and let the living bird go free. 8“Then that person must wash his clothes. He must shave off all his hair. And he must wash with water. Then he will be clean. Then that person may go into the camp. But he must stay outside his tent for seven days. 9On the seventh day, he must shave off all his hair. He must shave his head, his beard, and his eyebrows—yes, all his hair. Then he must wash his clothes and bathe his body in water. Then he will be clean. 10“On the eighth day, the person who had a skin disease must take two male lambs that have nothing wrong with them. He must also take a one-year-old female lamb that has nothing wrong with it. He must take 24 cups of fine flour mixed with oil. This fine flour is for a grain offering. The person must take 2/3 of a pint of olive oil. 11The priest must bring that person and his sacrifices before the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. (This must be the same priest who announces that the person is clean.) 12The priest will offer one of the male lambs as a guilt offering. He will offer that lamb and some of the oil as a wave offering before the Lord. 13Then the priest will kill the male lamb in the holy place where they kill the sin offering and the burnt offering. The guilt offering is like the sin offering. It belongs to the priest. It is very holy. 14“The priest will take some of the blood of the guilt offering. The priest will put some of this blood on the tip of the right ear of the person to be made clean. The priest will put some of this blood on the thumb of the right hand and on the big toe of the right foot of that person. 15The priest will also take some of the oil and pour it into his left palm. 16Then the priest will dip the finger of his right hand into the oil that is in his left palm. He will use his finger to sprinkle some of the oil seven times before the Lord. 17Then the priest will put some of the oil that is in his palm on the person to be made clean. He will put that oil on ˻the same places he put˼ the blood of the guilt offering. The priest will put some of the oil on the tip of the person’s right ear. He will put some of the oil on the thumb of the right hand. And he will put some of the oil on the big toe of the person’s right foot. 18The priest will put the oil that is left in his palm on the head of the person to be made clean. In this way, the priest will make that person pure before the Lord. 19“Then the priest must offer the sin offering for the person to be made clean. The priest will offer the sin offering and make that person pure. After that, the priest will kill the animal for the burnt offering. 20Then the priest will offer up the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. In this way, the priest will make that person pure. And the person will be clean. 21“But if the person is poor, and he can’t afford ˻those offerings˼, then he must take one male lamb for a guilt offering. That will be a wave offering ˻so that the priest can˼ make that person pure. He must take 8 cups of fine flour mixed with oil. This flour will be used for a grain offering. The person must take 2/3 of a pint of olive oil 22and two doves or two young pigeons. Even poor people can afford those things. One bird will be a sin offering, and the other will be a burnt offering. 23“On the eighth day, the person will bring those things to the priest at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. Those things will be offered before the Lord so that person can become clean. 24The priest will take the lamb for the guilt offering and the oil, and the priest will offer them as a wave offering before the Lord. 25Then the priest will kill the lamb of the guilt offering. The priest will take some of the blood of the guilt offering. The priest will put some of this blood on the tip of the right ear of the person to be made clean. The priest will put some of this blood on the thumb of the right hand and on the big toe of the right foot of this person. 26The priest will also pour some of this oil into his left palm. 27The priest will use the finger of his right hand to sprinkle some of the oil that is in his left palm seven times before the Lord. 28Then the priest will put some of the oil that is in his palm on the same places he put the blood from the guilt offering. He will put some of the oil on the tip of the right ear of the person to be made clean. The priest will put some of the oil on the thumb of the right hand. And he will put some of the oil on the big toe of the person’s right foot. 29The priest will put the oil that is left in his palm on the head of the person to be made clean. In this way, the priest will make that person pure before the Lord. 30“Then the priest must offer one of the doves or young pigeons. (He must offer whatever the person can afford.) 31He must offer one of these birds as a sin offering and the other bird as a burnt offering. He must offer the birds with the grain offering. In this way, the priest will make that person pure before the Lord. And that person will become clean.” 32Those are the rules for ˻making a person clean˼ after he becomes well from a skin disease. Those are the rules for people who cannot afford ˻the regular sacrifices for becoming clean˼. 33The Lord also said to Moses and Aaron, 34“I am giving the land of Canaan to your people. Your people will enter that land. At that time, I might cause mildew to grow in some person’s house. 35The person who owns that house must come and tell the priest, 'I see something like mildew in my house.’ 36“Then the priest must order the people to take everything out of the house. The people must do this before the priest goes in to look at the mildew. Then the priest will not have to say everything in the house is unclean. After the people have taken everything out of the house, the priest will go in to look at the house. 37The priest will look at the mildew. If the mildew on the walls of the house has holes that are a green color or red color, and if the mildew goes into the wall’s surface, 38then the priest must go out of the house and lock the house for seven days. 39“On the seventh day, the priest must come back and check the house. If the mildew has spread on the walls of the house, 40then the priest must order the people to tear out the stones with the mildew on them and throw them away. They must put those stones at a special unclean place outside the city. 41Then the priest must have all the house scraped inside. The people must throw away the plaster that they scrape off. They must put that plaster at a special unclean place outside the city. 42Then that person must put new stones in the walls. And he must cover those walls with new plaster. 43“Maybe a person took away the old stones and plaster and put in new stones and plaster. And maybe mildew again appears in that house. 44Then the priest must come in and check the house. If the infection has spread in the house, then it is a disease that spreads quickly to other places. So the house is unclean. 45That person must tear down the house. They must take all of the stones, plaster, and pieces of wood to the special unclean place outside the city. 46And any person who goes into that house will be unclean until evening. 47If any person eats in that house or lies down in there, then that person must wash his clothes. 48“After new stones and plaster are put in a house, the priest must check the house. If the mildew has not spread through the house, then the priest will announce that the house is clean. Why? Because the mildew is gone! 49“Then, to make the house clean, the priest must take two birds, a piece of cedar wood, a piece of red cloth, and a hyssop plant. 50The priest will kill one bird in a clay bowl over running water. 51Then the priest will take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the piece of red cloth, and the living bird. The priest will dip those things in the blood of the bird that was killed over running water. Then the priest will sprinkle ˻that blood˼ on the house seven times. 52The priest will use those things in that way to make the house clean. 53The priest will go to an open field outside the city and let the living bird go free. In this way, the priest will make the house pure. The house will be clean” 54Those are the rules for any infection of leprosy, 55for mildew on pieces of cloth or in a house. 56Those are the rules for swellings, rashes, or bright spots on the skin. 57Those rules teach when things are clean and when things are unclean. Those are the rules about those kinds of disease.

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