New International Version
Then the priest shall order that one of the birds be killed over fresh water in a clay pot.
King James Bible
And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
Darby Bible Translation
And the priest shall command that one bird be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
World English Bible
The priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water.
Young's Literal Translation
'And the priest hath commanded, and he hath slaughtered the one bird upon an earthen vessel, over running water;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Over running water - Literally, living, that is, spring water. The meaning appears to be this: Some water (about a quarter of a log, an eggshell and a half full, according to the rabbins) was taken from a spring, and put into a clean earthen vessel, and they killed the bird over this water, that the blood might drop into it; and in this blood and water mixed, they dipped the instrument before described, and sprinkled it seven times upon the person who was to be cleansed. The living or spring water was chosen because it was purer than what was taken from pits or wells, the latter being often in a putrid or corrupt state; for in a ceremony of purifying or cleansing, every thing must be as pure and perfect as possible.
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"And the remnant of the oil ... shall pour upon the head" (Lev. xiv. 18). In the account of the healing of the Hebrew leper there is a beautiful picture of the touching of his ears, hands and feet, with the redeeming blood and the consecrating oil, as a sign that his powers of understanding, service, and conduct were set apart to God, and divinely endued for the Master's work and will. But after all this, we are significantly told that "the rest of the oil" was to be poured upon his head. The former …
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the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop be brought for the person to be cleansed.
He is then to take the live bird and dip it, together with the cedar wood, the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, into the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water.
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