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Leviticus 15:1-16:28

Cleansing Unhealthiness

1The LORD also spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,2“Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean.3‘This, moreover, shall be his uncleanness in his discharge: it is his uncleanness whether his body allows its discharge to flow or whether his body obstructs its discharge.4‘Every bed on which the person with the discharge lies becomes unclean, and everything on which he sits becomes unclean.5‘Anyone, moreover, who touches his bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening;6and whoever sits on the thing on which the man with the discharge has been sitting, shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.7‘Also whoever touches the person with the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.8‘Or if the man with the discharge spits on one who is clean, he too shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.9‘Every saddle on which the person with the discharge rides becomes unclean.10‘Whoever then touches any of the things which were under him shall be unclean until evening, and he who carries them shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.11‘Likewise, whomever the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.12‘However, an earthenware vessel which the person with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every wooden vessel shall be rinsed in water.

13‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean.14‘Then on the eighth day he shall take for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD to the doorway of the tent of meeting and give them to the priest;15and the priest shall offer them, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf before the LORD because of his discharge.

16‘Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening.17‘As for any garment or any leather on which there is seminal emission, it shall be washed with water and be unclean until evening.18‘If a man lies with a woman so that there is a seminal emission, they shall both bathe in water and be unclean until evening.

19‘When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.20‘Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean.21‘Anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.22‘Whoever touches any thing on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.23‘Whether it be on the bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening.24‘If a man actually lies with her so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.

25‘Now if a woman has a discharge of her blood many days, not at the period of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond that period, all the days of her impure discharge she shall continue as though in her menstrual impurity; she is unclean.26‘Any bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her like her bed at menstruation; and every thing on which she sits shall be unclean, like her uncleanness at that time.27‘Likewise, whoever touches them shall be unclean and shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.28‘When she becomes clean from her discharge, she shall count off for herself seven days; and afterward she will be clean.29‘Then on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them in to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting.30‘The priest shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on her behalf before the LORD because of her impure discharge.’

31“Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them.”32This is the law for the one with a discharge, and for the man who has a seminal emission so that he is unclean by it,33and for the woman who is ill because of menstrual impurity, and for the one who has a discharge, whether a male or a female, or a man who lies with an unclean woman.

Law of Atonement

1Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they had approached the presence of the LORD and died.2The LORD said to Moses:

“Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.3“Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.4“He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). Then he shall bathe his body in water and put them on.5“He shall take from the congregation of the sons of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering.6“Then Aaron shall offer the bull for the sin offering which is for himself, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household.7“He shall take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting.8“Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.9“Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering.10“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

11“Then Aaron shall offer the bull of the sin offering which is for himself and make atonement for himself and for his household, and he shall slaughter the bull of the sin offering which is for himself.12“He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil.13“He shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die.14“Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

15“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.16“He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities.17“When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for all the assembly of Israel.18“Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat and put it on the horns of the altar on all sides.19“With his finger he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it seven times and cleanse it, and from the impurities of the sons of Israel consecrate it.

20“When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat.21“Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness.22“The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

23“Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there.24“He shall bathe his body with water in a holy place and put on his clothes, and come forth and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people and make atonement for himself and for the people.25“Then he shall offer up in smoke the fat of the sin offering on the altar.26“The one who released the goat as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with water; then afterward he shall come into the camp.27“But the bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp, and they shall burn their hides, their flesh, and their refuse in the fire.28“Then the one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with water, then afterward he shall come into the camp.

An Annual Atonement

Mark 7:1-23

Followers of Tradition

1The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem,2and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.3(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders;4and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)5The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”6And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,

BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.

7‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,

TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’

8“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

9He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.10“For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TOBE PUT TO DEATH’;11but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),’12you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;13thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

The Heart of Man

14After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:15there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.16[“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]

17When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.18And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,19because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)20And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.21“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,22deeds of coveting and wickedness, as wellas deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.23“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

The Syrophoenician Woman

Psalm 40:11-17

11You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;

Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.

12For evils beyond number have surrounded me;

My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;

They are more numerous than the hairs of my head,

And my heart has failed me.

13Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;

Make haste, O LORD, to help me.

14Let those be ashamed and humiliated together

Who seek my life to destroy it;

Let those be turned back and dishonored

Who delight in my hurt.

15Let those be appalled because of their shame

Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

16Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;

Let those who love Your salvation say continually,

“The LORD be magnified!”

17Since I am afflicted and needy,

Let the Lord be mindful of me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

Do not delay, O my God.

Proverbs 10:13-14

13On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,

But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

14Wise men store up knowledge,

But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.