Numbers 5-6 New American Standard Bible

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The Unclean Driven from the Camp

5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 2  "Command the sons of Israel that they send away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge and everyone who is unclean because of a dead person . 3  "You shall send away both male and female ; you shall send them outside e e the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst ." 4  The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside e e the camp ; just as the Lord had spoken to Moses , thus the sons of Israel did .

The Law of Recompense

5  Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 6  "Speak to the sons of Israel , ' When a man or woman commits any e of the sins of mankind , acting unfaithfully against the Lord , and that person is guilty , 7  then he shall confess his sins which he has committed , and he shall make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged . 8  'But if the man has no relative to whom restitution may be made for the wrong , the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the Lord for the priest , besides e the ram of atonement , by which atonement is made for him. 9  ' Also every contribution pertaining to all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel , which they offer to the priest , shall be his. 10  'So every man's holy gifts shall be his; whatever any man gives to the priest , it becomes his.' "

The Law concerning Jealousy

11  Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 12  "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'If any man's wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him, 13  and a man has intercourse e with her and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband and she is undetected , although she has defiled herself , and there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act, 14  if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself, 15  the man shall then bring his wife to the priest , and shall bring as an offering for her one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal ; he shall not pour oil on it nor put frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy , a grain offering of memorial , a reminder of iniquity . 16  'Then the priest shall bring her near and have her stand before the Lord , 17  and the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel ; and he shall take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water . 18  'The priest shall then have the woman stand before the Lord and let the hair of the woman's head go loose , and place the grain offering of memorial in her hands , which is the grain offering of jealousy , and in the hand of the priest is to be the water of bitterness that brings a curse . 19  'The priest shall have her take an oath and shall say to the woman , "If no man has lain with you and if you have not gone astray into uncleanness , being under the authority of your husband , be immune to this water of bitterness that brings a curse ; 20  if you, however, have gone astray , being under the authority of your husband , and if you have defiled yourself and a man other than your husband has had intercourse with you" 21  (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse , and the priest shall say to the woman ), "the Lord make you a curse and an oath among your people by the Lord'S making your thigh waste away and your abdomen swell ; 22  and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach , and make your abdomen swell and your thigh waste away ." And the woman shall say , "Amen . Amen ." 23  'The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll , and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness . 24  'Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse , so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness . 25  'The priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman's hand , and he shall wave the grain offering before the Lord and bring it to the altar ; 26  and the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering as its memorial offering and offer it up in smoke on the altar , and afterward he shall make the woman drink the water . 27  'When he has made her drink the water , then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband , that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness , and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste away , and the woman will become a curse among her people . 28  'But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean , she will then be free and conceive children . 29  'This is the law of jealousy : when a wife , being under the authority of her husband , goes astray and defiles herself, 30  or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife , he shall then make the woman stand before the Lord , and the priest shall apply all this law to her. 31  'Moreover, the man will be free from guilt , but that woman shall bear her guilt .' "

The Law for the Nazarite

6 Again the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 2  "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When a man or woman makes a special vow , the vow of a Nazirite , to dedicate himself to the Lord , 3  he shall abstain from wine and strong drink ; he shall drink no vinegar , whether made from wine or strong drink , nor shall he drink any grape juice nor eat fresh or dried grapes . 4  'All the days of his separation he shall not eat anything e that is produced by the grape vine , from the seeds even to the skin . 5  'All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall pass over his head . He shall be holy until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord ; he shall let the locks of hair on his head grow long . 6  ' All the days of his separation to the Lord he shall not go near to a dead person . 7  'He shall not make himself unclean for his father or for his mother , for his brother or for his sister , when they die , because his separation to God is on his head . 8  'All the days of his separation he is holy to the Lord . 9  'But if a man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his dedicated head of hair, then he shall shave his head on the day when he becomes clean ; he shall shave it on the seventh day . 10  'Then on the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest , to the doorway of the tent of meeting . 11  'The priest shall offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering , and make atonement for him concerning e his sin because of the dead person . And that same day he shall consecrate his head , 12  and shall dedicate to the Lord his days as a Nazirite , and shall bring a male lamb a year old for a guilt offering ; but the former days will be void because his separation was defiled . 13  'Now this is the law of the Nazirite when the days of his separation are fulfilled , he shall bring the offering to the doorway of the tent of meeting . 14  'He shall present his offering to the Lord : one male lamb a year old without defect for a burnt offering and one ewe-lamb a year old without defect for a sin offering and one ram without defect for a peace offering , 15  and a basket of unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil and unleavened wafers spread with oil , along with their grain offering and their drink offering . 16  'Then the priest shall present them before the Lord and shall offer his sin offering and his burnt offering . 17  'He shall also offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord , together with the basket of unleavened cakes ; the priest shall likewise offer its grain offering and its drink offering . 18  ' The Nazirite shall then shave his dedicated head of hair at the doorway of the tent of meeting , and take the dedicated hair of his head and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings . 19  ' The priest shall take the ram's shoulder when it has been boiled , and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer , and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his dedicated hair. 20  'Then the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the Lord . It is holy for the priest , together with the breast offered by waving and the thigh offered by lifting up; and afterward the Nazirite may drink wine .' 21  "This is the law of the Nazirite who vows his offering to the Lord according to his separation , in addition e to what else he can afford e ; according to his vow which he takes , so he shall do according to the law of his separation ."

The Priestly Benediction

22  Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 23  "Speak to Aaron and to his sons , saying , 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel . You shall say to them: 24  The Lord bless you, and keep you; 25  The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26  The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace .' 27  "So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel , and I then will bless them."

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