Numbers 5:23
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English Standard Version
“Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and 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:

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,

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:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The priest was to bring her near to the altar at which he stood, and place her before Jehovah, who had declared Himself to be present at the altar, and then to take holy water, probably water out of the basin before the sanctuary, which served for holy purposes (Exodus 30:18), in an earthen vessel, and put dust in it from the floor of the dwelling. He was then to loosen the hair of the woman who was standing before Jehovah, and place the jealousy-offering in her hands, and holding the water in his own hand, to pronounce a solemn oath of purification before her, which she had to appropriate to herself by a confirmatory Amen, Amen. The water, which the priest had prepared for the woman to drink, was taken from the sanctuary, and the dust to be put into it from the floor of the dwelling, to impregnate this drink with the power of the Holy Spirit that dwelt in the sanctuary. The dust was strewed upon the water, not to indicate that man was formed from dust and must return to dust again, but as an allusion to the fact, that dust was eaten by the serpent (Genesis 3:14) as the curse of sin, and therefore as the symbol of a state deserving a curse, a state of the deepest humiliation and disgrace (Micah 7:17; Isaiah 49:23; Psalm 72:9). On the very same ground, an earthen vessel was chosen; that is to say, one quite worthless in comparison with the copper one. The loosening of the hair of the head (see Leviticus 13:45), in other cases a sign of mourning, is to be regarded here as a removal or loosening of the female head-dress, and a symbol of the loss of the proper ornament of female morality and conjugal fidelity. During the administration of the oath, the offering was placed in her hands, that she might bring the fruit of her own conduct before God, and give it up to His holy judgment. The priest, as the representative of God, held the vessel in his hand, with the water in it, which was called the "water of bitterness, the curse-bringing," inasmuch as, if the crime imputed to her was well-founded, it would bring upon the woman bitter suffering as the curse of God.

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Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua...

Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths...

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

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.

Jeremiah 51:60-64 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come on Babylon, even all these words that are written against 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 were opened: and another book was opened...

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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, and will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins: return to me; for I have redeemed you.

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

Cross References
Numbers 5:22
May this water that brings the curse pass into your bowels and make your womb swell and your thigh fall away.' And the woman shall say, 'Amen, Amen.'

Numbers 5:24
And he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain.

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