Leviticus 13:40
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New International Version
"A man who has lost his hair and is bald is clean.

New Living Translation
"If a man loses his hair and his head becomes bald, he is still ceremonially clean.

English Standard Version
“If a man’s hair falls out from his head, he is bald; he is clean.

New American Standard Bible
"Now if a man loses the hair of his head, he is bald; he is clean.

King James Bible
And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man loses the hair of his head, he is bald, but he is clean.

International Standard Version
"When a man's head becomes bare, he's bald, but he's clean.

NET Bible
"When a man's head is bare so that he is balding in back, he is clean.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If a man loses his hair, he is clean, even though he is bald.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the man whose hair has fallen off his head is bald; yet he is clean.

King James 2000 Bible
And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

American King James Version
And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

American Standard Version
And if a man's hair be fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The man whose hair falleth off from his head, he is bald and clean:

Darby Bible Translation
And if a man's hair have fallen off his head, he is bald: he is clean;

English Revised Version
And if a man's hair be fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the man whose hair hath fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

World English Bible
"If a man's hair has fallen from his head, he is bald. He is clean.

Young's Literal Translation
And when a man's head is polished, he is bald, he is clean;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:18-44 The priest is told what judgment to make, if there were any appearance of a leprosy in old sores; and such is the danger of those who having escaped the pollutions of the world are again entangled therein. Or, in a burn by accident, ver. 24. The burning of strife and contention often occasions the rising and breaking out of that corruption, which proves that men are unclean. Human life lies exposed to many grievances. With what troops of diseases are we beset on every side; and thy all entered by sin! If the constitution be healthy, and the body lively and easy, we are bound to glorify God with our bodies. Particular note was taken of the leprosy, if in the head. If the leprosy of sin has seized the head; if the judgment be corrupted, and wicked principles, which support wicked practices, are embraced, it is utter uncleanness, from which few are cleansed. Soundness in the faith keeps leprosy from the head.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 40-44. - Leprosy appearing on the bald head. Though leprosy makes the hair drop off around the leprous spot, baldness is in itself no sign of leprosy, whether at the back or front of the head (verses 40, 41); but as the bald head is a not unusual place for the leprous spot to appear, any eruption upon it is therefore to be watched and tested as before.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the man whose hair is fallen off his head,.... That is, from the back part of his head, from the crown of his head toward his neck behind:

he is bald; in that spot of the head where the hair is fallen off; and it denotes such a baldness as is occasioned by that, for it signifies one that had hair, but it is fallen off; whereas the baldness after spoken of is thought by some to be of such who never had any hair; though others will have it, that this intends a person bald all over; but it seems plain from what follows, that it designs one whose hair was fallen off behind, and was bald on that part only; and it may be observed, that this is only said of a man, not of a woman, because, as Aben Ezra remarks, she has much moisture in her, and therefore her head does not become bald; hair being like to grass, which flourishes in moist places:

yet is he clean; from the leprosy, or from the scalls, as Jarchi observes, because he is not judged by the signs of the head and beard, which are the place of hair, but by the signs of leprosy in the skin of the flesh, i.e. by the raw flesh and spreading.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40, 41. bald … forehead bald—The falling off of the hair, when the baldness commences in the back part of the head, is another symptom which creates a suspicion of leprosy. But it was not of itself a decisive sign unless taken in connection with other tokens, such as a "sore of a reddish white color" [Le 13:43]. The Hebrews as well as other Orientals were accustomed to distinguish between the forehead baldness, which might be natural, and that baldness which might be the consequence of disease.

Leviticus 13:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
Laws about Leprosy
39then the priest shall look, and if the bright spots on the skin of their bodies are a faint white, it is eczema that has broken out on the skin; he is clean. 40"Now if a man loses the hair of his head, he is bald; he is clean. 41"If his head becomes bald at the front and sides, he is bald on the forehead; he is clean.…
Cross References
Leviticus 13:39
the priest is to examine them, and if the spots are dull white, it is a harmless rash that has broken out on the skin; they are clean.

Leviticus 13:41
If he has lost his hair from the front of his scalp and has a bald forehead, he is clean.

2 Kings 2:23
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. "Get out of here, baldy!" they said. "Get out of here, baldy!"

Isaiah 15:2
Dibon goes up to its temple, to its high places to weep; Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba. Every head is shaved and every beard cut off.

Amos 8:10
I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.
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And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.

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