Leviticus 13:9
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New International Version
"When anyone has a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to the priest.

New Living Translation
"Anyone who develops a serious skin disease must go to the priest for an examination.

English Standard Version
“When a man is afflicted with a leprous disease, he shall be brought to the priest,

New American Standard Bible
"When the infection of leprosy is on a man, then he shall be brought to the priest.

King James Bible
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a skin disease develops on a person, he is to be brought to the priest.

International Standard Version
"When a person has a skin rash that's infectious, he is to be brought to the priest.

NET Bible
"When someone has a diseased infection, he must be brought to the priest.

New Heart English Bible
"When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If anyone has an infectious skin disease, he must be taken to the priest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest.

New American Standard 1977
“When the infection of leprosy is on a man, then he shall be brought to the priest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

King James 2000 Bible
When the disease of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

American King James Version
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest;

American Standard Version
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the stroke of the leprosy be in a man, he shall be brought to the priest,

Darby Bible Translation
When a sore [as] of leprosy is in a man, he shall be brought unto the priest;

English Revised Version
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;

Webster's Bible Translation
When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest:

World English Bible
"When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest;

Young's Literal Translation
'When a plague of leprosy is in a man, then he hath been brought in unto the priest,
Study Bible
Laws about Leprosy
8"The priest shall look, and if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is leprosy. 9"When the infection of leprosy is on a man, then he shall be brought to the priest. 10"The priest shall then look, and if there is a white swelling in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is quick raw flesh in the swelling,…
Cross References
Leviticus 13:2
"When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, and it becomes an infection of leprosy on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.

Leviticus 13:8
"The priest shall look, and if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is leprosy.

Leviticus 13:10
"The priest shall then look, and if there is a white swelling in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is quick raw flesh in the swelling,
Treasury of Scripture

When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest;

(9) When the plague of leprosy is in a man.--The second case, discussed inverses 9-17, is of leprosy re-appearing after it has been cured, when a somewhat different treatment is enjoined. In its re-appearance, as in its first manifestation, the patient is forthwith to be brought to the priest.

Verses 9-11. - The method of procedure in the case of a doubtful leprosy having been laid down in the previous verses, the rule for dealing with an unmistakable case is here given. When the characteristic white spot and white hair are present (if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white), and if a third symptom be present - if there be quick raw flesh in the rising, that is, if there be an ulcer underneath the white scab, there is to be no delay, as in the previous case, but judgment is to be passed at once. The priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is manifestly unclean. When the plague of leprosy is in a man,.... He has all the signs of it, and it is pretty manifest both to himself and others that it is upon him:

then he shall be brought unto the priest; by his friends and neighbours, if he is not willing to come of himself: a sinner insensible of the leprosy of sin, and of his unclean and miserable state through it, has no will to come to Christ the great High Priest for cleansing; but one that is sensible of it, and of Christ's ability to help and cleanse him, will come freely and gladly, and importunately seek to him for it; though indeed such an one is brought by powerful and efficacious grace to him, yet not against, but with his full will; see John 5:40; compare with this Matthew 8:1. 9-37. if the rising be white—This BRIGHT WHITE leprosy is the most malignant and inveterate of all the varieties the disease exhibits, and it was marked by the following distinctive signs: A glossy white and spreading scale, upon an elevated base, the elevation depressed in the middle, but without a change of color; the black hair on the patches participating in the whiteness, and the scaly patches themselves perpetually enlarging their boundary. Several of these characteristics, taken separately, belong to other blemishes of the skin as well; so that none of them was to be taken alone, and it was only when the whole of them concurred that the Jewish priest, in his capacity of physician, was to pronounce the disease a malignant leprosy. If it spread over the entire frame without producing any ulceration, it lost its contagious power by degrees; or, in other words, it ran through its course and exhausted itself. In that case, there being no longer any fear of further evil, either to the individual himself or to the community, the patient was declared clean by the priest, while the dry scales were yet upon him, and restored to society. If, on the contrary, the patches ulcerated and quick or fungous flesh sprang up in them, the purulent matter of which, if brought into contact with the skin of other persons, would be taken into the constitution by means of absorbent vessels, the priest was at once to pronounce it an inveterate leprosy. A temporary confinement was them declared to be totally unnecessary, and he was regarded as unclean for life [Dr. Good]. Other skin affections, which had a tendency to terminate in leprosy, though they were not decided symptoms when alone, were: "a boil" (Le 13:18-23); "a hot burning,"—that is, a fiery inflammation or carbuncle (Le 13:24-28); and "a dry scall" (Le 13:29-37), when the leprosy was distinguished by being deeper than the skin and the hair became thin and yellow.13:1-17 The plague of leprosy was an uncleanness, rather than a disease. Christ is said to cleanse lepers, not to cure them. Common as the leprosy was among the Hebrews, during and after their residence in Egypt, we have no reason to believe that it was known among them before. Their distressed state and employment in that land must have rendered them liable to disease. But it was a plague often inflicted immediately by the hand of God. Miriam's leprosy, and Gehazi's, and king Uzziah's, were punishments of particular sins; no marvel there was care taken to distinguish it from a common distemper. The judgment of it was referred to the priests. And it was a figure of the moral pollutions of men's minds by sin, which is the leprosy of the soul, defiling to the conscience, and from which Christ alone can cleanse. The priest could only convict the leper, (by the law is the knowledge of sin,) but Christ can cure the sinner, he can take away sin. It is a work of great importance, but of great difficulty, to judge of our spiritual state. We all have cause to suspect ourselves, being conscious of sores and spots; but whether clean or unclean is the question. As there were certain marks by which to know it was leprosy, so there are marks of such as are in the gall of bitterness. The priest must take time in making his judgment. This teaches all, both ministers and people, not to be hasty in censures, nor to judge anything before the time. If some men's sins go before unto judgment, the sins of others follow after, and so do men's good works. If the person suspected were found to be clean, yet he must wash his clothes, because there had been ground for the suspicion. We have need to be washed in the blood of Christ from our spots, though not leprosy spots; for who can say, I am pure from sin?
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