Leviticus 13

Leviticus 13

 
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1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

2 "If some of the people notice a swelling or a rash or a shiny patch on their skin that develops into a contagious skin disease,* they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons.1

3 The priest will then examine the affected area of a person's skin. If the hair in the affected area has turned white and appears to be more than skin-deep, then it is a contagious skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean.

4 "But if the affected area of the skin is white but does not appear to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the spot has not turned white, the priest will put the infected person in quarantine for seven days.

5 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If the affected area has not changed or spread on the skin, then the priest will put the person in quarantine for seven more days.

6 The priest will examine the skin again on the seventh day. If the affected area has faded and not spread, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. It was only a temporary rash. So after washing the clothes, the person will be considered free of disease.

7 But if the rash continues to spread after this examination and pronouncement by the priest, the infected person must return to be examined again.

8 If the priest notices that the rash has spread, then he must pronounce this person ceremonially unclean, for it is a contagious skin disease.

9 "Anyone who develops a contagious skin disease must go to the priest for an examination.

10 If the priest sees that some hair has turned white and an open sore appears in the affected area,

11 it is clearly a contagious skin disease, and the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean. In such cases, the person need not be quarantined for further observation because it is clear that the skin is defiled by the disease.

12 "Now suppose the priest discovers after his examination that a rash has broken out all over someone's skin, covering the body from head to foot.

13 In such cases, the priest must examine the infected person to see if the disease covers the entire body. If it does, he will pronounce the person ceremonially clean because the skin has turned completely white.

14 But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.

15 The priest must make this pronouncement as soon as he sees an open sore because open sores indicate the presence of a contagious skin disease.

16 However, if the open sores heal and turn white like the rest of the skin, the person must return to the priest.

17 If, after another examination, the affected areas have indeed turned completely white, then the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean.

18 "If anyone has had a boil on the skin that has started to heal,

19 but a white swelling or a reddish white spot remains in its place, that person must go to the priest to be examined.

20 If the priest finds the disease to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the affected area has turned white, then the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean. It is a contagious skin disease that has broken out in the boil.

21 But if the priest sees that there is no white hair in the affected area, and if it doesn't appear to be more than skin-deep and has faded, then the priest is to put the person in quarantine for seven days.

22 If during that time the affected area spreads on the skin, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, because it is a contagious skin disease.

23 But if the area grows no larger and does not spread, it is merely the scar from the boil, and the priest will pronounce that person ceremonially clean.

24 "If anyone has suffered a burn on the skin and the burned area changes color, becoming either a shiny reddish white or white,

25 then the priest must examine it. If the hair in the affected area turns white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, a contagious skin disease has broken out in the burn. The priest must then pronounce that person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a contagious skin disease.

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Notes:

1: Traditionally rendered leprosy. The Hebrew word used throughout this passage is used to describe various skin diseases.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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