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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

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

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

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

     (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

     (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

     (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

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