Numbers 5:3
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New International Version
Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them."

New Living Translation
This command applies to men and women alike. Remove them so they will not defile the camp in which I live among them."

English Standard Version
You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.”

New American Standard Bible
"You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst."

King James Bible
Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must send away both male or female; send them outside the camp, so that they will not defile their camps where I dwell among them."

International Standard Version
Whether male or female, send them outside the camp so that they won't defile their camp, because I live among them."

NET Bible
You must expel both men and women; you must put them outside the camp, so that they will not defile their camps, among which I live."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Send all of these unclean men and women outside the camp. They must not make this camp where I live among you unclean."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Both male and female shall ye put out; ye shall put them outside the camp; that they not defile the camp of those among whom I dwell.

King James 2000 Bible
Both male and female shall you put out, outside the camp shall you put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst of which I dwell.

American King James Version
Both male and female shall you put out, without the camp shall you put them; that they defile not their camps, in the middle whereof I dwell.

American Standard Version
both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camp, in the midst whereof I dwell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whether it be man or woman, cast ye them out of the camp, lest they defile it when I shall dwell with you.

Darby Bible Translation
both male and female shall ye put out; outside the camp shall ye put them, that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.

English Revised Version
both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camp, in the midst whereof I dwell.

Webster's Bible Translation
Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst of which I dwell.

World English Bible
Both you shall put male and female outside of the camp; that they not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell."

Young's Literal Translation
from male unto female ye do send out; unto the outside of the camp ye do send them; and they defile not their camps in the midst of which I do tabernacle.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-10 The camp was to be cleansed. The purity of the church must be kept as carefully as the peace and order of it. Every polluted Israelite must be separated. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable. The greater profession of religion any house or family makes, the more they are obliged to put away iniquity far from them. If a man overreach or defraud his brother in any matter, it is a trespass against the Lord, who strictly charges and commands us to do justly. What is to be done when a man's awakened conscience charges him with guilt of this kind, though done long ago? He must confess his sin, confess it to God, confess it to his neighbour, and take shame to himself; though it go against him to own himself in a lie, yet he must do it. Satisfaction must be made for the offence done to God, as well as for the loss sustained by the neighbour; restitution in that case is not enough without faith and repentance. While that which is wrongly gotten is knowingly kept, the guilt remains on the conscience, and is not done away by sacrifice or offering, prayers or tears; for it is the same act of sin persisted in. This is the doctrine of right reason, and of the word of God. It detects hypocrites, and directs the tender conscience to proper conduct, which, springing from faith in Christ, will make way for inward peace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - That they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. Cleanliness, decency, and the anxious removal even of unwitting pollutions were things due to God himself, and part of the awful reverence to be paid to his presence in the midst of Israel. It is of course easy to depreciate the value of such outward cleanness, as compared with inward; but when we consider the frightful prevalence of filthiness in Christian countries

(1) of person and dress,

(2) of talk,

(3) of habit in respect of things not so much sinful as uncleanly,

we may indeed acknowledge the heavenly wisdom of these regulations, and the incalculable value of the tone of mind engendered by them. With the Jews "cleanliness" was not "next to godliness," it was part of godliness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Both male and female shall ye put out,.... Whether leprous, or profluvious, or defiled by touching a dead carcass: by this law, Miriam, when leprous, was put out of the camp, Numbers 12:14,

without the camp shall ye put them; which is repeated that it might be taken notice of, and punctually observed:

that they defile not their camps; of which there were four, the camps of Judah, Reuben, Ephraim, and Dan:

in the midst whereof I dwell; for the tabernacle, which was the dwelling place of the Lord, was in the midst of the camps of Israel; they were pitched on the four quarters of it; and this is a reason why impure persons were not suffered to be in the camp of Israel, because of the presence of God in the tabernacle so near them, to whom all, impurity is loathsome, and not to be permitted in his sight; and though this was ceremonial, it was typical of the uncleanness of sin, which is abominable to him, and renders persons unfit for communion with him, and with his people.



Numbers 5:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Cleansing the Camps
2"Command the sons of Israel that they send away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge and everyone who is unclean because of a dead person. 3"You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst." 4The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp; just as the LORD had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did.
Cross References
Exodus 25:8
"Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.

Exodus 29:45
Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.

Leviticus 14:8
"The person to be cleansed must wash their clothes, shave off all their hair and bathe with water; then they will be ceremonially clean. After this they may come into the camp, but they must stay outside their tent for seven days.

Leviticus 26:12
I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

Numbers 5:4
The Israelites did so; they sent them outside the camp. They did just as the LORD had instructed Moses.

Numbers 16:3
They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"

Numbers 35:34
Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Both male and female shall you put out, without the camp shall you put them; that they defile not their camps, in the middle whereof I dwell.

without

1 Kings 7:3 And it was covered with cedar above on the beams, that lay on forty …

1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judges. Therefore put away from among …

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

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;

Hebrews 12:15,16 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

2 John 1:10,11 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, …

defile not

Numbers 19:22 And whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the …

Haggai 2:13,14 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any …

in the midst

Leviticus 26:11,12 And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you…

Deuteronomy 23:14 For the LORD your God walks in the middle of your camp, to deliver …

Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have …

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy …

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

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