NASB — Leviticus 13 — KJV

The Test for Leprosy

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “When a man has on the skin of his Ibody a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, and it becomes IIan infection of leprosy on the skin of his Ibody, athen he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. 3 The priest shall look at the mark on the skin of the Ibody, and if the hair in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of his Ibody, it is an infection of leprosy; when the priest has looked at him, he shall pronounce him unclean. 4 But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his Ibody, and IIit does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair on it has not turned white, then the priest shall IIIisolate [him who has] the infection for seven days. 5 The priest shall look at him on the seventh day, and if in his eyes the infection Ihas not changed [and] the infection has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall IIisolate him for seven more days. 6 The priest shall look at him again on the seventh day, and if the infection has faded and the mark has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is [only] a scab. And he shall awash his clothes and be clean.

[2] ILit flesh IILit a mark, stroke, and so throughout the ch aDt 24:8
[3] ILit flesh
[4] ILit flesh IILit the appearance of it is not deeper IIILit shut up
[5] ILit has stood IILit shut up
[6] aLv 11:25; 14:8

7 ¶ “But if the scab spreads farther on the skin after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall appear again to the priest. 8 The priest shall look, and if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is leprosy.

9 ¶ “When the infection of leprosy is on a man, then he shall be brought to the priest. 10 The priest shall then look, and if there is a awhite swelling in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is quick raw flesh in the swelling, 11 it is Ia chronic leprosy on the skin of his IIbody, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean; he shall not IIIisolate him, for he is unclean. 12 If the leprosy breaks out farther on the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of [him who has] the infection from his head even to his feet, Ias far as the priest can see, 13 then the priest shall look, and behold, [if] the leprosy has covered all his Ibody, he shall pronounce clean [him who has] the infection; it has all turned white [and] he is clean. 14 But whenever raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean. 15 The priest shall look at the raw flesh, and he shall pronounce him unclean; the raw flesh is unclean, it is leprosy. 16 Or if the raw flesh turns again and is changed to white, then he shall acome to the priest, 17 and the priest shall look at him, and behold, [if] the infection has turned to white, then the priest shall pronounce clean [him who has] the infection; he is clean.

[10] aNu 12:10; 2K 5:27; 2Ch 26:19, 20
[11] ILit an old IILit flesh IIILit shut up
[12] ILit with regard to the whole sight of the priest’s eyes
[13] ILit flesh
[16] aLk 5:12-14

18 ¶ “When the Ibody has a boil on its skin and it is healed, 19 and in the place of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish-white, bright spot, then it shall be shown to the priest; 20 and the priest shall look, and behold, [if] Iit appears to be lower than the skin, and the hair on it has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is the infection of leprosy, it has broken out in the boil. 21 But if the priest looks at it, and behold, there are no white hairs in it and it is not lower than the skin and is faded, then the priest shall Iisolate him for seven days; 22 and if it spreads farther on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection. 23 But if the bright spot remains in its place and does not spread, it is [only] the scar of the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

[18] ILit flesh
[20] ILit the appearance of it is lower
[21] ILit shut up

24 ¶ “Or if the Ibody sustains in its skin a burn by fire, and the raw [flesh] of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white, 25 then the priest shall look at it. And if the hair in the bright spot has aturned white and it appears to be deeper than the skin, it is leprosy; it has broken out in the burn. Therefore, the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection of leprosy. 26 But if the priest looks at it, and indeed, there is no white hair in the bright spot and it is no Ideeper than the skin, but is dim, then the priest shall IIisolate him for seven days; 27 and the priest shall look at him on the seventh day. If it spreads farther in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infection of leprosy. 28 But if the bright spot remains in its place and has not spread in the skin, but is dim, it is the swelling from the burn; and the priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is [only] the scar of the burn.

[24] ILit flesh
[25] aEx 4:6; Nu 12:10; 2K 5:27
[26] ILit lower IILit shut up

29 ¶ “Now if a man or woman has an infection on the head or on the beard, 30 then the priest shall look at the infection, and if it appears to be deeper than the skin and there is thin yellowish hair in it, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is a scale, it is leprosy of the head or of the beard. 31 But if the priest looks at the infection of the scale, and indeed, it appears to be no deeper than the skin and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall Iisolate [the person] with the scaly infection for seven days. 32 On the seventh day the priest shall look at the infection, and if the scale has not spread and no yellowish hair has Igrown in it, and the appearance of the scale is no deeper than the skin, 33 then he shall shave himself, but he shall not shave the scale; and the priest shall Iisolate [the person] with the scale seven more days. 34 Then on the seventh day the priest shall look at the scale, and if the scale has not spread in the skin and it appears to be no deeper than the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean; and he shall wash his clothes and be clean. 35 But if the scale spreads farther in the skin after his cleansing, 36 then the priest shall look at him, and if the scale has spread in the skin, the priest need not seek for the yellowish hair; he is unclean. 37 If in his sight the scale has remained, however, and black hair has grown in it, the scale has healed, he is clean; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

[31] ILit shut up
[32] ILit been
[33] ILit shut up

38 ¶ “When a man or a woman has bright spots on the skin of the Ibody, [even] white bright spots, 39 then the priest shall look, and if the bright spots on the skin of their Ibodies are a faint white, it is IIeczema that has broken out on the skin; he is clean.

[38] ILit flesh
[39] ILit flesh IILit tetter

40 ¶ “Now if a Iman loses the hair of his head, he is abald; he is clean. 41 If his head becomes bald at the Ifront and sides, he is bald on the forehead; he is clean. 42 But if on the bald head or the bald forehead, there occurs a reddish-white infection, it is leprosy breaking out on his bald head or on his bald forehead. 43 Then athe priest shall look at him; and if the swelling of the infection is reddish-white on his bald head or on his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the Ibody, 44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean; his infection is on his head.

[40] ILit man’s head becomes bald a2K 2:23; Is 15:2; Am 8:10
[41] ILit border of his face
[43] ILit flesh aLv 10:10; Ezk 22:26

45 ¶ “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and athe hair of his head shall be Iuncovered, and he shall bcover his mustache and cry, ‘cUnclean! Unclean!’ 46 He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be aoutside the camp.

[45] IOr disheveled aLv 10:6 bEzk 24:17, 22; Mi 3:7 cLm 4:15
[46] aNu 5:1-4; 12:14

47 ¶ “When a garment has a Imark of leprosy in it, whether it is a wool garment or a linen garment, 48 whether in Iwarp or woof, of linen or of wool, whether in leather or in any article made of leather, 49 if the mark is greenish or reddish in the garment or in the leather, or in the Iwarp or in the woof, or in any article of leather, it is a leprous mark and shall be shown to the priest. 50 Then athe priest shall look at the mark and shall Iquarantine the article with the mark for seven days. 51 He shall then look at the mark on the seventh day; if the mark has spread in the garment, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in the leather, whatever the purpose for which the leather is used, the mark is a Ileprous malignancy, it is unclean. 52 So he shall burn the garment, whether the warp or the woof, in wool or in linen, or any article of leather in which the mark occurs, for it is a Ileprous malignancy; it shall be burned in the fire.

[47] ILit infection, and so throughout the ch
[48] IOr weaving or texture
[49] IOr weaving or texture
[50] ILit shut up aEzk 44:23
[51] ILit malignant leprosy
[52] ILit malignant leprosy

53 ¶ “But if the priest shall look, and indeed the mark has not spread in the garment, either in the warp or in the woof, or in any article of leather, 54 then the priest shall order them to wash the thing in which the mark occurs and he shall Iquarantine it for seven more days. 55 After the article with the mark has been washed, the priest shall again look, and if the mark has not changed its appearance, even though the mark has not spread, it is unclean; you shall burn it in the fire, whether an eating away has produced bareness on the top or on the front of it.

[54] ILit shut up

56 ¶ “Then if the priest looks, and if the mark has faded after it has been washed, then he shall tear it out of the garment or out of the leather, whether from the warp or from the woof; 57 and if it appears again in the garment, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in any article of leather, it is an outbreak; the article with the mark shall be burned in the fire. 58 The garment, whether the warp or the woof, or any article of leather from which the mark has departed when you washed it, it shall then be washed a second time and will be clean.”

59 ¶ This is the law for the mark of leprosy in a garment of wool or linen, whether in the warp or in the woof, or in any article of leather, for pronouncing it clean or unclean.


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The laws and tokens whereby the priest is to be guided in discerning the leprosy.

1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 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: 3 And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and [when] the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight [be] deeper than the skin of his flesh, it [is] a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean. 4 If the bright spot [be] white in the skin of his flesh, and in sight [be] not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white; then the priest shall shut up [him that hath] the plague seven days: 5 And the priest shall look on him the seventh day: and, behold, [if] the plague in his sight be at a stay, [and] the plague spread not in the skin; then the priest shall shut him up seven days more: 6 And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day: and, behold, [if] the plague [be] somewhat dark, [and] the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean: it [is but] a scab: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. 7 But if the scab spread much abroad in the skin, after that he hath been seen of the priest for his cleansing, he shall be seen of the priest again: 8 And [if] the priest see that, behold, the scab spreadeth in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] a leprosy.

[2] Ex 4:6; Lv 14:3, 35, 56; Nu 12:10, 12; Dt 17:8; 24:8; 28:27; 2S 3:29; 2K 5:1, 27; 2Ch 26:19; Is 1:6; 3:17; Mal 2:7; Mt 8:4; Mk 1:44; Lk 5:14; 17:14.
[3] Gn 13:3; Lv 10:10; 13:2; Ezk 16:30; 44:23; Ho 7:9; Hg 2:11; Mal 2:7; Mt 16:19; 18:17; Jn 20:23; Ac 20:28; Ro 3:19; 7:7; 1Co 5:4; 2Th 3:14; 1Ti 1:20; 2Ti 2:16; 3:13; He 13:7; Rv 2:23.
[4] Nu 12:15; Dt 13:14; Ezk 44:10; 1Co 4:5; 1Ti 5:24.
[6] Lv 11:25, 28, 40; 13:2; 14:8; Dt 32:5; 1K 8:38, 45; Ps 19:12; Pv 20:9; Ec 7:20; Is 11:3; 42:3; Jn 13:8; Ro 14:1; 2Co 7:1; He 9:10; 10:22; Jm 3:2; 1Jn 1:7; Jde 1:22.
[7] Lv 13:27, 35; Ps 38:3; Is 1:5; Ro 6:12; 2Ti 2:16.
[8] Lv 13:3; Mt 15:7; Ac 8:21; Php 3:18; 2P 2:19.

9 ¶ When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest; 10 And the priest shall see [him]: and, behold, [if] the rising [be] white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and [there be] quick raw flesh in the rising; 11 It [is] an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he [is] unclean. 12 And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of [him that hath] the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looketh; 13 Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, [if] the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce [him] clean [that hath] the plague: it is all turned white: he [is] clean. 14 But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean. 15 And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: [for] the raw flesh [is] unclean: it [is] a leprosy. 16 Or if the raw flesh turn again, and be changed unto white, he shall come unto the priest; 17 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, [if] the plague be turned into white; then the priest shall pronounce [him] clean [that hath] the plague: he [is] clean.

[10] Lv 13:3, 14, 24; Nu 12:10; 2K 5:27; 2Ch 26:19; Pv 12:1; Am 5:10; Jn 3:19; 7:7.
[12] 1K 8:38; Jb 40:4; 42:6; Is 64:6; Jn 16:8; Ro 7:14; 1Jn 1:8.
[13] Is 64:6; Jn 9:41.
[14] Lv 13:10.
[16] Ro 7:14; Ga 1:14; Php 3:6; 1Ti 1:13.

18 ¶ The flesh also, in which, [even] in the skin thereof, was a boil, and is healed, 19 And in the place of the boil there be a white rising, or a bright spot, white, and somewhat reddish, and it be shewed to the priest; 20 And if, when the priest seeth it, behold, it [be] in sight lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be turned white; the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] a plague of leprosy broken out of the boil. 21 But if the priest look on it, and, behold, [there be] no white hairs therein, and [if] it [be] not lower than the skin, but [be] somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days: 22 And if it spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] a plague. 23 But if the bright spot stay in his place, [and] spread not, it [is] a burning boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

[18] Ex 9:9; 15:26; 2K 20:7; Jb 2:7; Ps 38:3; Is 38:21.
[20] Lv 13:3; Mt 12:45; Jn 5:14; 2P 2:20.
[21] 1Co 5:5.
[22] Lv 13:22.
[23] Gn 38:26; 2S 12:13; 2Ch 19:2; Jb 34:31; 40:4; Pv 28:13; Mt 26:75; 2Co 2:7; Ga 6:1; 1P 4:2.

24 ¶ Or if there be [any] flesh, in the skin whereof [there is] a hot burning, and the quick [flesh] that burneth have a white bright spot, somewhat reddish, or white; 25 Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, [if] the hair in the bright spot be turned white, and it [be in] sight deeper than the skin; it [is] a leprosy broken out of the burning: wherefore the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] the plague of leprosy. 26 But if the priest look on it, and, behold, [there be] no white hair in the bright spot, and it [be] no lower than the [other] skin, but [be] somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days: 27 And the priest shall look upon him the seventh day: [and] if it be spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] the plague of leprosy. 28 And if the bright spot stay in his place, [and] spread not in the skin, but it [be] somewhat dark; it [is] a rising of the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him clean: for it [is] an inflammation of the burning.

[24] Is 3:24.
[25] Lv 13:4, 18.
[26] Lv 13:4, 23.
[27] Lv 13:2.

29 ¶ If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard; 30 Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it [be] in sight deeper than the skin; [and there be] in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it [is] a dry scall, [even] a leprosy upon the head or beard. 31 And if the priest look on the plague of the scall, and, behold, it [be] not in sight deeper than the skin, and [that there is] no black hair in it; then the priest shall shut up [him that hath] the plague of the scall seven days: 32 And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the plague: and, behold, [if] the scall spread not, and there be in it no yellow hair, and the scall [be] not in sight deeper than the skin; 33 He shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up [him that hath] the scall seven days more: 34 And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, [if] the scall be not spread in the skin, nor [be] in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. 35 But if the scall spread much in the skin after his cleansing; 36 Then the priest shall look on him: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he [is] unclean. 37 But if the scall be in his sight at a stay, and [that] there is black hair grown up therein; the scall is healed, he [is] clean: and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

[29] 1K 8:38; 12:28; 2Ch 6:29; Ps 53:4; Is 1:5; 5:20; 9:15; Mi 3:11; Mt 6:23; 13:14; Jn 16:2; Ac 22:3; 26:9; 2Co 4:3; 2Th 2:11.
[30] Lv 13:34; 14:54.
[31] Lv 13:4.
[32] Lv 13:30; Mt 23:5; Lk 18:9; Ro 2:23.
[34] Lv 13:6, 23; 1Jn 4:1; Jde 1:22; Rv 2:2.
[35] Lv 13:7, 27; 2Ti 2:16; 3:13.

38 ¶ If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, [even] white bright spots; 39 Then the priest shall look: and, behold, [if] the bright spots in the skin of their flesh [be] darkish white; it [is] a freckled spot [that] groweth in the skin; he [is] clean. 40 And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he [is] bald; [yet is] he clean. 41 And he that hath his hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he [is] forehead bald: [yet is] he clean. 42 And if there be in the bald head, or bald forehead, a white reddish sore; it [is] a leprosy sprung up in his bald head, or his bald forehead. 43 Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, [if] the rising of the sore [be] white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh; 44 He is a leprous man, he [is] unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague [is] in his head. 45 And the leper in whom the plague [is], his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. 46 All the days wherein the plague [shall be] in him he shall be defiled; he [is] unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp [shall] his habitation [be].

[39] Lv 13:1; Ec 7:20; Ro 7:22; Jm 3:2.
[40] Lv 13:41; So 5:11; Ro 6:12, 19; 8:10; Ga 4:13.
[44] Jb 36:14; Is 1:5; Mt 6:23; 2P 2:1; 2Jn 1:8.
[45] Gn 37:29; Lv 10:6; 21:10; 2S 13:19; Jb 1:20; 42:6; Ps 51:3, 5; Is 6:5; 52:11; 64:6; Jr 3:25; 36:24; Lm 4:15; Ezk 24:17, 22; Jol 2:13; Mi 3:7; Lk 5:8; 7:6; 17:12.
[46] Nu 5:2; 12:14; 2K 7:3; 15:5; 2Ch 26:21; Pv 30:12; Lm 1:1, 8; 1Co 5:5, 9; 2Th 3:6, 14; 1Ti 6:5; He 12:15; Rv 21:27; 22:15.

47 ¶ The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, [whether it be] a woollen garment, or a linen garment; 48 Whether [it be] in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin; 49 And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it [is] a plague of leprosy, and shall be shewed unto the priest: 50 And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up [it that hath] the plague seven days: 51 And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in a skin, [or] in any work that is made of skin; the plague [is] a fretting leprosy; it [is] unclean. 52 He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woollen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it [is] a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire. 53 And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; 54 Then the priest shall command that they wash [the thing] wherein the plague [is], and he shall shut it up seven days more: 55 And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed: and, behold, [if] the plague have not changed his colour, and the plague be not spread; it [is] unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it [is] fret inward, [whether] it [be] bare within or without. 56 And if the priest look, and, behold, the plague [be] somewhat dark after the washing of it; then he shall rend it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof: 57 And if it appear still in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it [is] a spreading [plague]: thou shalt burn that wherein the plague [is] with fire. 58 And the garment, either warp, or woof, or whatsoever thing of skin [it be], which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and shall be clean. 59 This [is] the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woollen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.

[47] Is 3:16; 59:6; 64:6; Ezk 16:16; Ro 13:12; Ep 4:22; Col 3:3; Jde 1:23.
[48] Lv 13:51; Dt 8:11; Jde 1:23; Rv 3:4.
[49] Lv 13:2.
[51] Lv 14:44.
[52] Lv 11:33, 35; 14:44; Dt 7:25; Is 30:22; Ac 19:19.
[55] Ezk 24:13; He 6:4; 2P 1:9; 2:20.
[57] Is 33:14; Mt 3:12; 22:7; 25:41; Rv 21:8, 27.
[58] 2K 5:10, 14; Ps 51:2; 2Co 7:1; 12:8; He 9:10; Rv 1:5.


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