Numbers 19

1The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, 2“These are the laws from the teachings that the Lord gave to the people of Israel. Get a red cow that has nothing wrong with it. That cow must not have any bruises. And that cow must never have worn a yoke. 3Give that cow to Eleazar the priest. Eleazar will take the cow outside the camp and kill it there. 4Then Eleazar the priest must put some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle some of the blood towards the Holy Tent. He must do this seven times. 5Then the whole cow must be burned in front of him. The skin, the meat, the blood, and the intestines must all be burned. 6Then the priest must take a cedar stick, a hyssop branch, and some red string. The priest must throw those things into the fire where the cow is burning. 7Then the priest must wash himself and his clothes with water. Then he must come back into the camp. The priest will be unclean until evening. 8The person who burns that cow must wash himself and his clothes in water. He will be unclean until evening. 9“Then a person who is clean will collect the ashes from the cow. He will put those ashes in a clean place outside the camp. These ashes will be used when people must keep a special ceremony to become clean. These ashes will also be used to remove a person’s sins. 10“The person who collected the cow’s ashes must wash his clothes. He will be unclean until evening. “This rule will continue forever. This rule is for the citizens of Israel. And this rule is for the foreigners living with you. 11If someone touches a dead person’s body, then he will be unclean for seven days. 12He must wash himself with the special water on the third day and again on the seventh day. If he does not do this, then he will remain unclean. 13If a person touches a dead body, then that person is unclean. If that person stays unclean and then goes to the Holy Tent, then the Holy Tent becomes unclean. So that person must be separated from the people of Israel. If the special water is not thrown on an unclean person, then that person will stay unclean. 14“This is the rule about people who die in their tents. If a person dies in his tent, then everyone in the tent will be unclean. They will be unclean for seven days. 15And every jar or pot without a lid becomes unclean. 16If anyone touches a dead body, then that person will be unclean for seven days. This is true if the dead body is out in the field or if the person was killed in war. Also, if anyone touches the bones from a dead person then that person is unclean. 17“So you must use the ashes from the burnt cow to make that person clean again. Pour fresh water over the ashes into a jar. 18A clean person must take a hyssop branch and dip it into the water. Then he must sprinkle it over the tent, the dishes, and the people who were in the tent. You must do this to anyone that touches a dead person’s body. You must do this to anyone that touches the body of someone killed in war and to anyone that touches a grave or the bones from a dead person. 19“Then a clean person must sprinkle this water on the unclean person on the third day and again on the seventh day. On the seventh day, that person becomes clean. He must wash his clothes in water. He will become clean in the evening. 20“If a person becomes unclean and does not become clean, that person must be separated from the people of Israel. That person was not sprinkled with the special water. He did not become clean. So he might make the Holy Tent unclean. 21This rule will be for you forever. If a person is sprinkled with the special water, then he must also wash his clothes. Any person who touches the special water will be unclean until evening. 22If an unclean person touches someone else, then that other person also becomes unclean. That person will be unclean until evening.”

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