New American Standard Bible
'The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness.
King James Bible
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:
Darby Bible Translation
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall blot them out with the bitter water,
World English Bible
"'The priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness.
Young's Literal Translation
And the priest hath written these execrations in a book, and hath blotted them out with the bitter waters,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Blot them out with the bitter water - In order to transfer the curses to the water. The action was symbolic. Travelers speak of the natives of Africa as still habitually seeking to obtain the full force of a written charm by drinking the water into which they have washed it.
LibraryInfluences that Gave Rise to the Priestly Laws and Histories
[Sidenote: Influences in the exile that produced written ceremonial laws] The Babylonian exile gave a great opportunity and incentive to the further development of written law. While the temple stood, the ceremonial rites and customs received constant illustration, and were transmitted directly from father to son in the priestly families. Hence, there was little need of writing them down. But when most of the priests were carried captive to Babylonia, as in 597 B.C., and ten years later the temple …
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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."
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.
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