Leviticus 13

The Law of Leprosy

The Plague of Leprosy
(13:1-28)

13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying,

13:2 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:

(13:2) The plague of leprosy
If a man has a scab or bright spot on his skin, he shall be brought to a priest.

13:3 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.

(13:3) The priest will examine his skin, and if he sees a white hair that is more than skin deep, the priest will diagnose leprosy and declare him unclean.

13:4 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:

(13:4) But if the bright spot is only skin deep and the hair hasn't turned white, then the priest will shut the man up for seven days.

13:5 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:

(13:5) If after seven days the plague hasn't spread, the priest will shut him up for another seven days.

13:6 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.

(13:6) If after the second seven-day period the plague hasn't spread, the priest will declare the man clean. The disease is only a scab. He will be clean after washing his clothes.

13:7 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.

13:8 And if the priest see that, behold, the scab spreadeth in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a leprosy.

(13:7-8) But if after the second seven days the scab has spread, he must return to the priest, who, after verifying that the scab has spread, it is leprosy and the priest will declare him unclean.

13:9 When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

(13:9) A man who has leprosy by a priest must be brought to a priest.

13:10 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;

13:11 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.

(13:10-11) The priest will examine the man and if he finds white spots with white hair, then the man has old leprosy and the priest will pronounce him unlcean. But the priest won't shut him up, because he is unclean.

13:12 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;

13:13 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.

(13:12-13) If the leprosy covers the man from head to foot and has turned white, then the priest will pronounce him clean.

13:14 But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean.

13:15 And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: for the raw flesh is unclean: it is a leprosy.

(13:14-15) If raw flesh appears, it is leprosy, and the priest will pronounce him unclean.

13:16 Or if the raw flesh turn again, and be changed unto white, he shall come unto the priest;

13:17 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.

(13:16-17) If the raw flesh turns white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean.

13:18 The flesh also, in which, even in the skin thereof, was a boil, and is healed,

13:19 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;

13:20 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.

(13:18-20) If a man has a boil on his skin that has healed, becoming bright white or somewhat reddish with a hair that has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. Leprosy has broken out of the boil.

13:21 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:

(13:21) But if the spot has not white hairs, or if the hairs on only skin deep, or if the hairs are somewhat dark, then the priest shall shut him up seven days.

13:22 And if it spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague.

13:23 But if the bright spot stay in his place, and spread not, it is a burning boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

(13:22-23) If after seven days, the bright spot has spread, it is a plague and the priest will pronounce him unclean. If the spot doesn't spread, then it isn't a burning boil and the priest will pronounce him clean.

13:24 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;

13:25 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.

(13:24-25) But if the skin has a hot burning with a white, bright, or somewhat reddish spot, with a hair that is more than skin deep that has turned white, then it is leprosy and the priest will pronounce him unclean.

13:26 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:

(13:26) If the man has no white hair in a bright spot on his skin that is more than skin deep, or if the hair is somewhat dark, then the priest will shut him up seven days.

13:27 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.

(13:27) If after seven days, the spot has spread, then the man has leprosy and the priest shall pronounce him unclean.

13:28 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.

(13:28) If the bright spot hasn't spread after seven days (but maybe turned a bit dark), it is an inflamation of the burning and the priest shall pronounce him clean.
Laws about yellow hair and itchy spots
(13:29-37)

13:29 If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard;

13:30 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.

(13:29-30) A plague upon the head or the beard
If a man or woman has a plague on the head or beard, then the priest will look at the plague. And if it is more than skin deep with a thin, yellow hair, then the priest shall pronounce the person unclean. It is a dry scall, a leprosy upon the head.

13:31 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:

(13:31) If the plague of the scall is only skin deep without a black hair, then the priest will shut the person up for seven days.

13:32 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;

13:33 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:

(13:32-33) If after seven days the scall hasn't spread, is still only skin deep, and hasn't grown a yellow hair, then the priest will shut him or her up for seven more days.

13:34 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.

(13:34) If after the second set of seven days, the scall hasn't spread and is still only skin deep, then the priest shall pronounce him or her clean.

13:35 But if the scall spread much in the skin after his cleansing;

13:36 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.

(13:35-36) But if the scall has spread, the priest doesn't even have to look for yellow hair. The person is unclean.

13:37 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.

(13:37) If the scall hasn't spread and has a black hair, the scall is healed and the person is clean.
The law of freckles
(13:38-39)

13:38 If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, even white bright spots;

13:39 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.

(13:38-39) It is a freckled spot
If a man or woman has bright or bright white spots on their skin, and if their skin is darkish white, it is a freckled spot and the freckled person is clean.
Laws about baldness
(13:40-44)

13:40 And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

(13:40) He is bald; yet is he clean
A man whose hair has fallen off his head is bald but clean.

13:41 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.

(13:41) And a man that has hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face is forehead bald, but is clean.

13:42 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.

(13:42) If a man has a bald forehead with a white reddish sore, it is a leprosy on his bald forehead.

13:43 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;

13:44 He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head.

(13:43-44) If the sore on his bald forehead is white reddish, he is a leprous man and is utterly unclean with a plague in his head.
What to do with people with leprosy
(13:45-56)

13:45 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.

13:46 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.

(13:45-46) He shall dwell alone
Lepers must tear up their clothes, not wear hats, cover their upper lips, and cry "unclean, unclean." They are defiled, unclean, and must live alone, away from everyone else.
The law of the plague of leprosy in a garment
(13:47-59)

13:47 The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment;

13:48 Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin;

13:49 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:

(13:47-49) This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment
If a garment has leprosy, whether it be woolen or linen, in the warp or woof, made of skin, green or red, it must be shown to a priest.

13:50 And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up it that hath the plague seven days:

(13:50) Then the priest shall look upon the plague and shut up the one with the plague for seven days.

13:51 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.

13:52 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.

(13:51-52) The priest shall look on the grament on the seventh day, and if the plague has spread in the garment, it is a fretting leprosy. It is unclean and must be burned.

13:53 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;

13:54 Then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more:

(13:53-54) If the plague hasn't spread in the garment, then the garment must be washed and shut up for seven more days.

13:55 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.

(13:55) If, after washing, the plague in the garment hasn't spread or changed color, then the garment is unclean and must be burned.

13:56 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:

(13:56) If the plague is somewhat dark after washing, then the priest shall rend it out of the garment.

13:57 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.

(13:57) If the plague is still in the garment after washing, it is a spreading plague and must be burned.

13:58 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.

(13:58) If the plague is gone after washing, wash it again and it will be clean.

13:59 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.

(13:59) This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment.