Numbers 19:7
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English Standard Version
Then the priest shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp. But the priest shall be unclean until evening.

King James Bible
Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

American Standard Version
Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And then after washing his garments, and body, he shall enter into the camp, and shall be unclean until the evening.

English Revised Version
Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the evening.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In order that a consciousness of the continuance of the covenant relation might be kept alive during the dying out of the race that had fallen under the judgment of God, after the severe stroke with which the Lord had visited the whole nation in consequence of the rebellion of the company of Korah, He gave the law concerning purification from the uncleanness of death, in which first of all the preparation of a sprinkling water is commanded for the removal of this uncleanness (Numbers 19:1-10); and then, secondly, the use of this purifying water enjoined as an eternal statute (Numbers 19:10-22). The thought that death, and the putrefaction of death, as being the embodiment of sin, defiled and excluded from fellowship with the holy God, was a view of the fall and its consequences which had been handed down from the primeval age, and which was not only shared by the Israelites with many of the nations of antiquity,

(Note: Vid., Bhr, Symbolik, ii. pp. 466ff.; Sommer, bibl. Abhdll. pp. 271ff.; Knobel on this chapter, and Leyrer in Herzog's Cyclopaedia.)

but presupposed by the laws given on Sinai as a truth well known in Israel; and at the same time confirmed, both in the prohibition of the priests from defiling themselves with the dead, except in the case of their nearest blood-relations (Leviticus 21:1-6, Leviticus 21:10-12), and in the command, that every one who was defiled by a corpse should be removed out of the camp (Numbers 5:2-4). Now, so long as the mortality within the congregation did not exceed the natural limits, the traditional modes of purification would be quite sufficient. But when it prevailed to a hitherto unheard-of extent, in consequence of the sentence pronounced by God, the defilements would necessarily be so crowded together, that the whole congregation would be in danger of being infected with the defilement of death, and of forfeiting its vocation to be the holy nation of Jehovah, unless God provided it with the means of cleansing itself from this uncleanness, without losing the fellowship of His covenant of grace. The law which follows furnished the means. In Numbers 19:2 this law is called התּורה חקּת, a "statute of instruction," or law-statute. This combination of the two words commonly used for law and statute, which is only met with again in Numbers 31:21, and there, as here, in connection with a rule relating to purification from the uncleanness of death, is probably intended to give emphasis to the design of the law about to be given, to point it out as one of great importance, but not as decretum absque ulla ratione, a decree without any reason, as the Rabbins suppose.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Numbers 19:8,19 And he that burns her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even...

Leviticus 11:25,40 And whoever bears ought of the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even...

Leviticus 14:8,9 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean...

Leviticus 15:5 And whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 16:26-28 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp...

Cross References
Hebrews 13:11
For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.

Leviticus 14:46
Moreover, whoever enters the house while it is shut up shall be unclean until the evening,

Leviticus 16:26
And he who lets the goat go to Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.

Leviticus 16:28
And he who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.

Leviticus 22:6
the person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening and shall not eat of the holy things unless he has bathed his body in water.

Numbers 19:8
The one who burns the heifer shall wash his clothes in water and bathe his body in water and shall be unclean until evening.

Numbers 19:10
And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. And this shall be a perpetual statute for the people of Israel, and for the stranger who sojourns among them.

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