1 The LordI spokeII to Moses,III saying,
2 “CommandIV the IsraelitesV to putVI
out of the campVII everyoneVIII who has a defiling skin diseaseIX
orX a dischargeXI and everyone who is uncleanXII through contact with a corpse;XIII
3 you shall put out both maleXIV and female,XV putting them outsideXVI the camp;
they must not defileXVII their camp, where I dwellXVIII amongXIX them.” 4 The Israelites didXX so,XXI putting them outside the camp; as the Lord had spoken to Moses, so the Israelites did.
5 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the Israelites: When a manXXII or a womanXXIII wrongsXXIV, XXV another,XXVI
breakingXXVII faithXXVIII with the Lord, that personXXIX incurs guiltXXX 7 and shall confessXXXI the sinXXXII that has been committed.XXXIII
The person shall make fullXXXIV restitutionXXXV for the wrong,XXXVI
addingXXXVII one-fifthXXXVIII to it and givingXXXIX it to the one who was wronged.XL
8 If the injured partyXLI has no next of kinXLII to whom restitution may be madeXLIII for the wrong, the restitution for wrong shall go to the Lord for the priest,XLIV
in addition toXLV the ramXLVI of atonementXLVII with which atonement is madeXLVIII for the guilty party.
9 Among allXLIX the sacredL donationsLI of the Israelites, every gift that they bringLII to the priest shall beLIII his. 10 The sacred donations of allLIV are their own; whatever anyoneLV gives to the priest shall be his.”
11 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If any man’s wifeLVI goes astrayLVII and is unfaithfulLVIII to him, 13 if a man has had intercourseLIX with her but it is hiddenLX
fromLXI her husband,LXII so that she is undetectedLXIII though she has defiled herself, and there is no witnessLXIV against her since she was not caught in the act;LXV
14 if a spiritLXVI of jealousyLXVII comesLXVIII on him and he is jealousLXIX of his wife who has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes on him and he is jealous of his wife, though she has not defiled herself,
15 then the man shall bringLXX his wife to the priest. And he shall bringLXXI the offering requiredLXXII for her, one-tenthLXXIII of an ephahLXXIV
of barleyLXXV flour.LXXVI He shall pourLXXVII no oilLXXVIII on it and putLXXIX no frankincenseLXXX on it,
for it is a grain offeringLXXXI of jealousy, a grain offering of remembrance,LXXXII bringing iniquityLXXXIII to remembrance.LXXXIV
16 “Then the priest shall bring her nearLXXXV and setLXXXVI her beforeLXXXVII the Lord;LXXXVIII
17 the priest shall takeLXXXIX holyXC waterXCI in an earthenXCII vesselXCIII
and take some of the dustXCIV that is on the floorXCV of the tabernacleXCVI and putXCVII it into the water.
18 The priest shall set the woman beforeXCVIII the Lord,XCIX dishevelC the woman’s hair,CI and placeCII
in her handsCIII the grain offering of remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. In his own handCIV the priest shall haveCV the water of bitternessCVI that brings the curse.CVII
19 Then the priest shall make her take an oath,CVIII saying,CIX ‘If no man has lainCX with you, if you have not turned asideCXI
to uncleannessCXII while underCXIII your husband’s authority, be immuneCXIV to this water of bitterness that brings the curse.
20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, if you have defiled yourself and some man other thanCXV your husband has had intercourseCXVI with you,’ 21 —let the priest make the woman take the oathCXVII of the curseCXVIII
and say to the woman—‘the Lord makeCXIX you an execrationCXX and an oathCXXI among your people,CXXII
when the LordCXXIII makes your uterusCXXIV drop,CXXV your wombCXXVI discharge;CXXVII
22 now may this water that brings the curse enterCXXVIII your bowelsCXXIX and make your womb discharge, your uterus drop!’ And the woman shall say, ‘Amen.CXXX Amen.’
23 “Then the priest shall putCXXXI these cursesCXXXII in writingCXXXIII and wash them offCXXXIV into the water of bitterness.
24 He shall make the woman drinkCXXXV the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her and cause bitter pain.CXXXVI 25 The priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy out of the woman’s handCXXXVII and shall elevateCXXXVIII the grain offering
beforeCXXXIX the LordCXL and bringCXLI it to the altar,CXLII
26 and the priest shall take a handfulCXLIII of the grain offering as its memorial portionCXLIV and turn it into smokeCXLV on the altar and afterwardCXLVI shall make the woman drink the water.
27 When he has made her drink the water, then,CXLVII if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall discharge, her uterus drop, and the woman shall becomeCXLVIII an execration amongCXLIX her people.
28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean,CL then she shall be immune and be able to conceiveCLI children.CLII
29 “This is the lawCLIII in cases of jealousy, when a wife, while under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, 30 or when a spirit of jealousy comes on a man and he is jealous of his wife, then he shall set the woman beforeCLIV the Lord,CLV
and the priest shall applyCLVI this entireCLVII law to her. 31 The man shall be freeCLVIII from iniquity, but the woman shall bearCLIX her iniquity.”
Image credit: “The Madonna” by Edward Munch, between 1895 and 1902.