Numbers 5:23
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New International Version
"'The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water.

New Living Translation
And the priest will write these curses on a piece of leather and wash them off into the bitter water.

English Standard Version
“Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness.

New American Standard Bible
'The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness.

King James Bible
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the priest is to write these curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water.

International Standard Version
"Then the priest is to write all of these words in a document and wipe it off with the contaminated water.

NET Bible
"'Then the priest will write these curses on a scroll and then scrape them off into the bitter water.

New Heart English Bible
"The priest shall write these curses on a scroll, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The priest will write these curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the priest shall write these curses in a scroll, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness.

New American Standard 1977
‘The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water;

King James 2000 Bible
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

American King James Version
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

American Standard Version
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall wash them out with the most bitter waters, upon which he hath heaped the curses,

Darby Bible Translation
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall blot them out with the bitter water,

English Revised Version
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

World English Bible
"'The priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness.

Young's Literal Translation
And the priest hath written these execrations in a book, and hath blotted them out with the bitter waters,
Study Bible
The Adultery Test
22and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh waste away." And the woman shall say, "Amen. Amen." 23The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness. 24Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse, so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness.…
Cross References
Numbers 5:22
and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh waste away." And the woman shall say, "Amen. Amen."

Numbers 5:24
Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse, so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness.
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And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

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Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, …

Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children …

2 Chronicles 34:24 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and …

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty …

Jeremiah 51:60-64 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come on Babylon, …

1 Corinthians 16:21,22 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand…

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

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Psalm 51:1,9 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness…

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Verse 23. - In a book. On a roll. Blot them out with the bitter water. Rather, "wash them off into the bitter water," in order to transfer the venom of the curses to the water. Ἐξαλείψει... εἰς τὸ ὔδωρ, Septuagint. The writing on the scroll was to be washed off in the vessel of water. Of course the only actual consequence was that the ink was mixed with the water, but in the imagination of the people, and to the frightened conscience of a guilty woman, the curses were also held in solution in the water of trial. The direction was founded on a world-wide superstition, still prevalent in Africa, and indeed amongst most semi-barbarous peoples. In the 'Romance of Setnan,' translated by Brugsch. Bey, the scene of which is laid in the time of Rameses the Great, a magical formula written on a papyrus leaf is dissolved in water, and drunk with the effect of imparting all its secrets to him that drinks it. So in the present day, by a similar superstition, do sick Mahomedans swallow texts of the Koran; and so in the middle ages the canonized Archbishop Edmund Rich (1240) on his death-bed washed a crucifix in water and drank it, saying, "Ye shall drink water from the wells of salvation." And the priest shall write these curses in a book,.... The above curses imprecated on herself by an oath; the words and the letters of them were written at length, in a scroll of parchment; and, as some say also, her name, but not her double amen to them (y):

and he shall blot them out with the bitter water: wash them out with it, and into it, or scrape them off of the parchment into it.

(y) Misnah, ut supra, (Sotah, c. 2) sect. 3.23, 24. write these curses in a book—The imprecations, along with her name, were inscribed in some kind of record—on parchment, or more probably on a wooden tablet.

blot them out with the bitter water—If she were innocent, they could be easily erased, and were perfectly harmless; but if guilty, she would experience the fatal effects of the water she had drunk.5:11-31 This law would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. On the other hand, it would hinder the cruel treatment such suspicions might occasion. It would also hinder the guilty from escaping, and the innocent from coming under just suspicion. When no proof could be brought, the wife was called on to make this solemn appeal to a heart-searching God. No woman, if she were guilty, could say Amen to the adjuration, and drink the water after it, unless she disbelieved the truth of God, or defied his justice. The water is called the bitter water, because it caused the curse. Thus sin is called an evil and a bitter thing. Let all that meddle with forbidden pleasures, know that they will be bitterness in the latter end. From the whole learn, 1. Secret sins are known to God, and sometimes are strangely brought to light in this life; and that there is a day coming when God will, by Christ, judge the secrets of men according to the gospel, Ro 2:16. 2 In particular, Whoremongers and adulterers God will surely judge. Though we have not now the waters of jealousy, yet we have God's word, which ought to be as great a terror. Sensual lusts will end in bitterness. 3. God will manifest the innocency of the innocent. The same providence is for good to some, and for hurt to others. And it will answer the purposes which God intends.
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