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  • He must take some holy water in a clay jar and mix it with dust from the Tabernacle floor. - Numbers 5:17

  • When he has presented her before the LORD, he must unbind her hair and place the offering of inquiry--the jealousy offering--in her hands to determine whether or not her husband's suspicions are justified. The priest will stand before her, holding the jar of bitter water that brings a curse to those who are guilty. - Numbers 5:18

  • The priest will put the woman under oath and say to her, "If no other man has slept with you, and you have not defiled yourself by being unfaithful, may you be immune from the effects of this bitter water that causes the curse. - Numbers 5:19

  • Now may this water that brings the curse enter your body and make you infertile.*" And the woman will be required to say, "Yes, let it be so."4 - Numbers 5:22

  • Then the priest will write these curses on a piece of leather and wash them off into the bitter water. - Numbers 5:23

  • He will then make the woman drink the bitter water, so it may bring on the curse and cause bitter suffering in cases of guilt. - Numbers 5:24

  • He will take a handful as a token portion and burn it on the altar. Then he will require the woman to drink the water. - Numbers 5:26

  • If she has defiled herself by being unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings the curse will cause bitter suffering. She will become infertile,* and her name will become a curse word among her people.5 - Numbers 5:27

  • Do this by sprinkling them with the water of purification. And have them shave their entire body and wash their clothing. Then they will be ceremonially clean. - Numbers 8:7

  • "Then the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water. Afterward he may return to the camp, though he will remain ceremonially unclean until evening. - Numbers 19:7

  • The man who burns the animal must also wash his clothes and bathe in water, and he, too, will remain unclean until evening. - Numbers 19:8

  • Then someone who is ceremonially clean will gather up the ashes of the heifer and place them in a purified place outside the camp. They will be kept there for the people of Israel to use in the water for the purification ceremony. This ceremony is performed for the removal of sin. - Numbers 19:9

  • They must purify themselves on the third and seventh days with the water of purification; then they will be purified. But if they do not do this on the third and seventh days, they will continue to be unclean even after the seventh day. - Numbers 19:12

  • All those who touch a dead body and do not purify themselves in the proper way defile the LORD's Tabernacle and will be cut off from the community of Israel. Since the water of purification was not sprinkled on them, their defilement continues. - Numbers 19:13

  • "To remove the defilement, put some of the ashes from the burnt purification offering in a jar and pour fresh water over them. - Numbers 19:17

  • Then someone who is ceremonially clean must take a hyssop branch and dip it into the water. That person must sprinkle the water on the tent, on all the furnishings in the tent, and on anyone who was in the tent, or anyone who has touched a human bone, or has touched a person who was killed or who died naturally, or has touched a grave. - Numbers 19:18

  • On the third and seventh days the ceremonially clean person must sprinkle the water on those who are unclean. Then on the seventh day the people being cleansed must wash their clothes and bathe themselves, and that evening they will be cleansed of their defilement. - Numbers 19:19
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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