Numbers 5:31
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English Standard Version
The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.”

King James Bible
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

American Standard Version
And the man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The husband shall be blameless, and she shall bear her iniquity.

English Revised Version
And the man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

Numbers 5:31 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the woman's Amen, the priest was to write "these curses," those contained in the oath, in a book-roll, and wash them in the bitter water, i.e., wash the writing in the vessel with water, so that the words of the curse should pass into the water, and be imparted to it; a symbolical act, to set forth the truth, that God imparted to the water the power to act injuriously upon a guilty body, though it would do no harm to an innocent one. The remark in Numbers 5:24, the priest was to give her this water to drink is anticipatory; for according to Numbers 5:26 this did not take place till after the presentation of the sacrifice and the burning of the memorial of it upon the altar. The woman's offering, however, was not presented to God till after the oath of purification, because it was by the oath that she first of all purified herself from the suspicion of adultery, so that the fruit of her conduct could be given up to the fire of the holiness of God. As a known adulteress, she could not have offered a meat-offering at all. But as the suspicion which rested upon her was not entirely removed by her oath, since she might have taken a false oath, the priest was to give her the curse-water to drink after the offering, that her guilt or innocence might be brought to light in the effects produced by the drink. This is given in Numbers 5:27 as the design of the course prescribed: "When he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, the water that causeth the curse shall come (enter) into her as bitterness (i.e., producing bitter sufferings), namely, her belly shall swell and her hip vanish: and so the woman shall become a curse in the midst of her people."

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

be guiltless

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.

bear

Numbers 9:13 But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and declines to keep the passover...

Leviticus 20:10,17-20 And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he that commits adultery with his neighbor's wife...

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die.

Romans 2:8,9 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath...

Cross References
Leviticus 20:17
"If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister's nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity.

Numbers 5:30
or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law.

Numbers 6:1
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 9:13
But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the LORD's offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin.

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