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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
13:47–14:7
ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside
the camp.
“Now suppose mildew contaminates some woolen or linen clothing,
woolen or linen fabric, the hide of an animal, or anything made of leather.
If the contaminated area in the clothing, the animal hide, the fabric, or
the leather article has turned greenish or reddish, it is contaminated with
mildew and must be shown to the priest. After examining the affected
spot, the priest will put the article in quarantine for seven days. On the
seventh day the priest must inspect it again. If the contaminated area has
spread, the clothing or fabric or leather is clearly contaminated by a serious
mildew and is ceremonially unclean. The priest must burn the ­item—­the
clothing, the woolen or linen fabric, or piece of ­leather—­for it has been
contaminated by a serious mildew. It must be completely destroyed by fire.
“But if the priest examines it and finds that the contaminated area has
not spread in the clothing, the fabric, or the leather, the priest will order the
object to be washed and then quarantined for seven more days. Then the
priest must examine the object again. If he finds that the contaminated area
has not changed color after being washed, even if it did not spread, the object is defiled. It must be completely burned up, whether the contaminated
spot is on the inside or outside. But if the priest examines it and finds that
the contaminated area has faded after being washed, he must cut the spot
from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather. If the spot later re­appears on the
clothing, the fabric, or the leather article, the mildew is clearly spreading,
and the contaminated object must be burned up. But if the spot disappears
from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather article after it has been washed,
it must be washed again; then it will be ceremonially clean.
“These are the instructions for dealing with mildew that contaminates
woolen or linen clothing or fabric or anything made of leather. This is
how the priest will determine whether these items are ceremonially clean
or unclean.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “The following instructions are for those
seeking ceremonial purification from a skin disease. Those who have been
healed must be brought to the priest, who will examine them at a place
outside the camp. If the priest finds that someone has been healed of a
­serious skin disease, he will perform a purification ceremony, using two
live birds that are ceremonially clean, a stick of cedar, some scarlet yarn,
and a hyssop branch. The priest will order that one bird be slaughtered
over a clay pot filled with fresh water. He will take the live bird, the cedar
stick, the scarlet yarn, and the hyssop branch, and dip them into the blood
of the bird that was slaughtered over the fresh water. The priest will then





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