Leviticus 15:16
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New International Version
"'When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening.

New Living Translation
"Whenever a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his entire body in water, and he will remain ceremonially unclean until the next evening.

English Standard Version
“If a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until the evening.

Berean Study Bible
When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean until evening.

New American Standard Bible
'Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening.

King James Bible
And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

Christian Standard Bible
"When a man has an emission of semen, he is to bathe himself completely with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.

Contemporary English Version
Any man who has a flow of semen must take a bath, but he still remains unclean until evening.

Good News Translation
When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body, and he remains unclean until evening.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a man has an emission of semen, he is to bathe himself completely with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.

International Standard Version
"If a man has a seminal emission, he is to bathe his entire body with water and remain unclean until evening.

NET Bible
"'When a man has a seminal emission, he must bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until evening,

New Heart English Bible
"'If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body. He will be unclean until evening.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if the flow of seed go out from a man, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

New American Standard 1977
‘Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the man, when his seed shall go forth from him, then shall wash all his flesh in water and be unclean until the evening.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man's semen go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening.

American King James Version
And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

American Standard Version
And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The man from whom the seed of copulation goeth out, shall wash all his body with water: and he shall be unclean until the evening.

Darby Bible Translation
And if any man's seed of copulation pass from him, then he shall bathe his whole flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

English Revised Version
And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man's seed of copulation shall go from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening.

World English Bible
"'If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening.

Young's Literal Translation
'And when a man's seed of copulation goeth out from him, then he hath bathed with water all his flesh, and been unclean till the evening.
Study Bible
The Cleansing of Men
15The priest is to sacrifice them, one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for the man before the LORD because of his discharge. 16When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean until evening. 17Any clothing or leather on which there is an emission of semen must be washed with water, and it will remain unclean until evening.…
Cross References
Leviticus 15:17
Any clothing or leather on which there is an emission of semen must be washed with water, and it will remain unclean until evening.

Leviticus 15:18
If a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both must bathe with water, and they will remain unclean until evening.

Leviticus 22:4
None of Aaron's descendants who has a skin disease or a discharge shall eat from the sacred offerings until he is clean. Whoever touches anything defiled by a corpse or by a man who has an emission of semen,

Deuteronomy 23:10
If any man among you becomes unclean because of a nocturnal emission, he must leave the camp and stay outside.

Deuteronomy 23:11
When evening approaches, he must wash with water, and when the sun sets he may return to the camp.

Treasury of Scripture

And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:5 And whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself …

Leviticus 22:4 What man soever of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or has a running …

Deuteronomy 23:10,11 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …







(16) And if any man's seed.--The second case, discussed in this and the following verses, is that of an involuntary emission, as in Deuteronomy 23:10. The man who sustained it had simply to immerse his whole body in water the following morning, and remain unclean till sundown. Similar rites were performed by the ancients under the same circumstances. Thus the Egyptian priests when they were defiled by a dream purified themselves by bathing their bodies; and, according to the directions of the Koran, any faithful Mahommedan who meets with such an accident must not perform his prayers till he has gone through the prescribed oblation. (Koran, 4:46.)

Verses 16, 17. - The second case of an issue (cf. chapter Leviticus 22:4; Deuteronomy 23:10; Genesis 38:9, 10). And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him,.... Not in lawful cohabitation, nor voluntarily, but involuntarily, as Aben Ezra observes; not through any disorder, which came by an accident, or in any criminal way, but through a dream, or any lustful imagination; what is commonly called nocturnal pollution (c):

then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even; and so the Egyptian priests, when it happened that they were defiled by a dream, they immediately purified themselves in a laver (d) so the Jewish priests did when the like happened to them asleep in the temple (e); see Deuteronomy 23:10.

(c) "----& noctem flumine purgas." Pers. Satyr. 2.((d) Chaeremon. apud Porphyr. de Abstinentia, l. 4. c. 7. (e) Misn. Tamid. c. 1. sect. 1.15:1-33 Laws concerning ceremonial uncleanness. - We need not be curious in explaining these laws; but have reason to be thankful that we need fear no defilement, except that of sin, nor need ceremonial and burdensome purifications. These laws remind us that God sees all things, even those which escape the notice of men. The great gospel duties of faith and repentance are here signified, and the great gospel privileges of the application of Christ's blood to our souls for our justification, and his grace for our sanctification.
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