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 Main Index : Commentaries : Geneva Study Bible : Leviticus Index : Chapter 13

Leviticus, Chapter 13
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13:2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh a [like] the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:

    (a) That it may be suspected to be leprosy.
13:3 And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and [when] the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight [be] b deeper than the skin of his flesh, it [is] a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.
    (b) That is, shrunken in, and be lower than the rest of the skin.
13:6 And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day: and, behold, [if] the plague [be] somewhat c dark, [and] the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean: it [is but] a scab: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
    (c) As having the skin drawn together, or blackish.
13:8 And [if] the priest see that, behold, the scab spreadeth in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him d unclean: it [is] a leprosy.
    (d) Concerning his bodily disease: for his disease was not imputed to him for sin before God even though it were the punishment of sin.
13:13 Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, [if] the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce [him] e clean [that hath] the plague: it is all turned white: he [is] clean.
    (e) For it is not that contagious leprosy that infects, but a form of scales which does not leave the skin raw as leprosy does.
13:15 And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: [for] the raw flesh [is] f unclean: it [is] a leprosy.
    (f) That is, declares that the flesh is not found, but is in danger of being leprous.

13:20 And if, when the priest seeth it, behold, it [be] in sight lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be turned white; the priest shall pronounce him g unclean: it [is] a plague of leprosy broken out of the boil.

    (g) No one was exempted, but if the priest pronounced him unclean, he was put out from among the people: as appears by the example of Mary the prophetess, (Nu 12:14) and by king Uzziah, (2Ch 26:20).
13:24 Or if there be [any] flesh, in the skin whereof [there is] a hot burning, and the quick [flesh] that burneth have a h white bright spot, somewhat reddish, or white;
    (h) If he has a white spot in the place where the burning was and was later healed.
13:30 Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it [be] in sight deeper than the skin; [and there be] in it a yellow thin i hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] a dry scall, [even] a leprosy upon the head or beard.
    (i) Which was not wont to be there, or else smaller than in any other part of the body.
13:36 Then the priest shall look on him: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin, the priest shall not k seek for yellow hair; he [is] unclean.
    (k) He shall not care whether the yellow hair is there or not.
13:41 And he that hath his l hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he [is] forehead bald: [yet is] he clean.
    (l) By sickness or any other inconvenience.
13:45 And the leper in whom the plague [is], his clothes shall be m rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper n lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.
    (m) In sign of sorrow and lamentation.
    (n) Either in token of mourning, or for fear of infecting others.
13:49 And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of o skin; it [is] a plague of leprosy, and shall be shewed unto the priest:
    (o) Whether it be garment, vessel, or instrument.
13:53 And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not p spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin;
    (p) But abide still in one place, as in (Le 13:37).
13:55 And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed: and, behold, [if] the plague have not changed his q colour, and the plague be not spread; it [is] unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it [is] fret inward, r [whether] it [be] bare within or without.
    (q) But remain as it did before.
    (r) Or, whether it be in any bare place before, or behind.
13:58 And the garment, either warp, or woof, or whatsoever thing of skin [it be], which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed s the second time, and shall be clean.
    (s) So that he might be sure that the leprosy was departed, and that all opportunity for infection might be taken away.

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