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Numbers 19New Life Version (NLV)

Laws for Washing

19 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the Law which the Lord has told you. Tell the people of Israel to bring you a young red cow that is perfect, one that has never pulled a load. You will give it to Eleazar the religious leader. It will be brought away from the tents and killed in front of him. Next Eleazar the religious leader will take some of its blood with his finger, and put some of it toward the front of the meeting tent seven times. Then Eleazar will watch the young cow being burned. Its skin, its flesh, its blood and its waste will be burned. The religious leader will take cedar wood and hyssop and red cloth, and put it on the burning cow. Then the religious leader will wash his clothes and wash his body in water. After this the religious leader may come among the tents, but he will be unclean until evening. The one who burns it will also wash his clothes and wash his body in water. And he will be unclean until evening. Now a man who is clean will gather up the ashes of the young cow and put them in a clean place away from the tents. They will be kept for the people of Israel to mix with the water used to make things clean, to take away sin. 10 The one who gathers the ashes of the young cow must wash his clothes. He will be unclean until evening. This will be a Law forever to the people of Israel and to the stranger who lives among them.

11 “The one who touches the dead body of any person will be unclean for seven days. 12 He must clean himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day. Then he will be clean. But if he does not clean himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will be unclean. 13 Whoever touches the body of any man who has died, and does not make himself clean, makes the meeting tent of the Lord unclean. That person must be cut off from Israel. Because the water for cleaning was not put upon him, he will be unclean.

14 “This is the Law when a man dies in a tent. Everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent will be unclean for seven days. 15 And every open pot that has no cover on it will be unclean. 16 Anyone in an open field who touches one who has been killed with a sword, or who has died, or who touches a bone of a man, or a grave will be unclean for seven days. 17 The person who is unclean must take some of the ashes from the burning of the sin gift. Clean water must be added to them in a pot. 18 Then a clean person must take hyssop and put it in the water, and put it on the tent and on all the objects within the tent. He must put it on the persons who were there, and on the one who touched the bone or the man who was killed or the dead person or the grave. 19 The clean person must put the water on whoever is unclean, on the third day and on the seventh day. He will make him clean on the seventh day. He will wash his clothes and wash himself in water, and will be clean at evening.

20 “But the man who is unclean and does not make himself clean, will no longer be one of God’s people. Because he has made unclean the holy place of the Lord. The water for cleaning has not been put on him. He is unclean. 21 It will be a Law forever for them. He who puts the water on to be made clean must wash his clothes. And he who touches the water used to be made clean will be unclean until evening. 22 Anything that the person who is unclean touches will be unclean. And the person who touches it will be unclean until evening.”

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Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International

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