Numbers 19:11
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New International Version
"Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days.

New Living Translation
"All those who touch a dead human body will be ceremonially unclean for seven days.

English Standard Version
“Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days.

New American Standard Bible
'The one who touches the corpse of any person shall be unclean for seven days.

King James Bible
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The person who touches any human corpse will be unclean for seven days.

International Standard Version
"Whoever comes in contact with the body of a dead person is to remain unclean for seven days.

NET Bible
"'Whoever touches the corpse of any person will be ceremonially unclean seven days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Whoever touches the dead body of any human being will be unclean for seven days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that touches the dead body of any human person shall be unclean seven days.

King James 2000 Bible
He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

American King James Version
He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

American Standard Version
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that toucheth the corpse of a man, and is therefore unclean seven days,

Darby Bible Translation
He that toucheth a dead person, any dead body of a man, shall be unclean seven days.

English Revised Version
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days:

Webster's Bible Translation
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

World English Bible
"He who touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days:

Young's Literal Translation
'He who is coming against the dead body of any man -- is unclean seven days;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:11-22 Why did the law make a corpse a defiling thing? Because death is the wages of sin, which entered into the world by it, and reigns by the power of it. The law could not conquer death, nor abolish it, as the gospel does, by bringing life and immortality to light, and so introducing a better hope. As the ashes of the heifer signified the merit of Christ, so the running water signified the power and grace of the blessed Spirit, who is compared to rivers of living water; and it is by his work that the righteousness of Christ is applied to us for our cleansing. Those who promise themselves benefit by the righteousness of Christ, while they submit not to the grace and influence of the Holy Spirit, do but deceive themselves; we cannot be purified by the ashes, otherwise than in the running water. What use could there be in these appointments, if they do not refer to the doctrines concerning the sacrifice of Christ? But comparing them with the New Testament, the knowledge to be got from them is evident. The true state of fallen man is shown in these institutions. Here we learn the defiling nature of sin, and are warned to avoid evil communications.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Shall be unclean seven days. The fact of defilement by contact with the dead had been mentioned before (Leviticus 21:1; Numbers 5:2; Numbers 6:6; Numbers 9:6), and had no doubt been recognized as a religious pollution from ancient times; but the exact period of consequent uncleanness is here definitely fixed.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that toucheth the dead body of any man,.... A man and not a beast, as Aben Ezra observes; for he that touched the dead body of a beast was unclean only until evening, Leviticus 11:24; any man, Jew or Gentile, as the same writer notes: this is instanced in, as being the principal pollution, though not the only one, yet so some think, for which the water of purification made of the ashes of the burnt heifer was appointed:

shall be unclean seven days; the reason of which is, because death is the fruit of sin, which is of a defiling nature, and to show that all that are dead in sins are defiled and defiling, and are not to be touched, or to have communion and fellowship held with them but to be abstained from.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11-22. He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean—This law is noticed here to show the uses to which the water of separation [Nu 19:9] was applied. The case of a death is one; and as in every family which sustained a bereavement the members of the household became defiled, so in an immense population, where instances of mortality and other cases of uncleanness would be daily occurring, the water of separation must have been in constant requisition. To afford the necessary supply of the cleansing mixture, the Jewish writers say that a red heifer was sacrificed every year, and that the ashes, mingled with the sprinkling ingredients, were distributed through all the cities and towns of Israel.

Numbers 19:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Purification of the Unclean
11'The one who touches the corpse of any person shall be unclean for seven days. 12That one shall purify himself from uncleanness with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.…
Cross References
Acts 21:26
The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

Acts 21:27
When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him,

Leviticus 5:2
"'If anyone becomes aware that they are guilty--if they unwittingly touch anything ceremonially unclean (whether the carcass of an unclean animal, wild or domestic, or of any unclean creature that moves along the ground) and they are unaware that they have become unclean, but then they come to realize their guilt;

Leviticus 21:1
The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: 'A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,

Leviticus 21:11
He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother,

Numbers 5:2
"Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.

Numbers 6:6
"'Throughout the period of their dedication to the LORD, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body.

Numbers 9:6
But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day

Numbers 31:19
"Anyone who has killed someone or touched someone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives.

Isaiah 52:11
Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the LORD's house.
Treasury of Scripture

He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

toucheth the dead. He who touches a dead beast was only unclean for one day

Leviticus 11:12,27,39 Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination …

but he who touches a dead man is unclean for seven days. This was certainly designed to show the peculiar impurity and sinfulness of man, an the hatefulness of sin, seven times worse than the vilest animal!

Numbers 19:16 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, …

Numbers 5:2 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every …

Numbers 9:6,10 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of …

Numbers 31:19 And do you abide without the camp seven days: whoever has killed …

Leviticus 11:31 These are unclean to you among all that creep: whoever does touch …

Leviticus 21:1,11 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, …

Lamentations 4:14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted …

Haggai 2:13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any …

Romans 5:12 Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Ephesians 2:1 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

man. heb. soul of man

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