When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot…
— A young lady, who was under concern of soul, said to Dr. Nettleton: "I certainly do desire to be a Christian. I desire to be holy. I would give all the world for an interest in Christ." "What you say will not bear examination," said Dr. Nettleton. "If you really desire religion for what it is, there is nothing to hinder you from possessing it. I can make a representation which will show you your heart, if you are willing to see it." "I am," she replied. "It will look very bad," said Dr. N., "but if you are willing to see it, I will make the representation. Suppose you were a young lady of fortune; and suppose a certain young man should desire to possess your fortune, and should, for that reason, conclude to pay his addresses to you. But he does not happen to be pleased with your person. He does not love you, but hates you. And suppose he should come to you, and say, 'I really wish I could love you, but I do not. I would give all the world if I could love you; but I cannot.' What would you think of that young man?" We may readily guess the confusion and silence to which she was brought, by this faithful exposure of the deception which she had practised upon herself.
(Sword and Trowel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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 like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:
WEB: "When a man shall have a rising in his body's skin, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes in the skin of his body the plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons, the priests: