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Numbers Chapter 5

Numbers 5:3
5:3 Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp
    shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the
    {a} midst whereof I dwell.

    (a) There were three types of tents: of the Lord, of the
        Levites, and of the Israelites.

Numbers 5:6
5:6 Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall
    commit any sin {b} that men commit, to do a trespass against
    the LORD, and that person be guilty;

    (b) Commit any fault willingly.

Numbers 5:8
5:8 But if the {c} man have no kinsman to recompense the
    trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the
    LORD, [even] to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement,
    whereby an atonement shall be made for him.

    (c) If he is dead to whom the wrong is done and also has no
        relatives.

Numbers 5:9
5:9 And every offering of all the {d} holy things of the
    children of Israel, which they bring unto the priest, shall
    be his.

    (d) Or, things offered to the Lord, as first fruits, etc.

Numbers 5:12
5:12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If
     any man's wife {e} go aside, and commit a trespass against
     him,

     (e) By breaking the band of marriage, and playing the
         harlot.

Numbers 5:15
5:15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he
     shall bring her offering for her, the tenth [part] of an
     ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no {f} oil upon it, nor
     put frankincense thereon; for it [is] an offering of
     jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to
     {g} remembrance.

     (f) Only in the sin offering, and so this offering of
         jealousy were neither oil nor incense offered.
     (g) Or, making the sin known, and not purging it.

Numbers 5:17
5:17 And the priest shall take {h} holy water in an earthen
     vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the
     tabernacle the priest shall take, and put [it] into the
     water:

     (h) Which also is called the water of purification of
         sprinkling, read Numbers 19:9.

Numbers 5:18
5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and
     uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial
     in her hands, which [is] the jealousy offering: and the
     priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth
     the {i} curse:

     (i) It was so called by the effect, because it declared the
         woman to be accursed, and turned to her destruction.

Numbers 5:21
5:21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of
     cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD
     make thee a {k} curse and an oath among thy people, when
     the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to
     swell;

     (k) Both because she had committed so heinous a fault, and
         forswore herself in denying the same.

Numbers 5:22
5:22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy
     bowels, to make [thy] belly to swell, and [thy] thigh to
     rot: And the woman shall say, {l} Amen, amen.

     (l) That is, may it be as you wished, as in
         Psalm 41:13 Deuteronomy 27:15.

Numbers 5:23
5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he
     shall {m} blot [them] out with the bitter water:

     (m) Shall wash the curses, which are written, into the
         water in the vessel.

Numbers 5:26
5:26 And the priest shall take an handful of the offering,
     [even] the memorial thereof, and burn [it] upon the {n}
     altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the
     water.

     (n) Where the incense was offered.

Numbers 5:31
5:31 Then shall the man be {o} guiltless from iniquity, and this
     woman shall bear her iniquity.

     (o) The man might accuse his wife on suspicion and not be
         reproved.



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