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Go to Commentary on Num 19
Laws for Purification

1Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
  2“This is the statute of the law that Yahweh has commanded: speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without defect, in which is no blemish, and on which a yoke has never come.
  3You are to give her to Eleazar the priest, and she will be brought forth outside of the camp and slaughtered in his presence;
  4and Eleazar the priest is to take some of her blood with his finger and sprinkle her blood toward the front of the Tent of Meeting seven times.
  5One must burn the heifer in his sight; her skin and her flesh and her blood with her dung is he to burn,
  6and the priest is to take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast it into the middle of the burning of the heifer.
  7Then the priest must wash his clothes and he must bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he may come into the camp, and the priest will be unclean until the evening.
  8He who burns her must wash his clothes in water and bathe his flesh in water, and will be unclean until the evening.

9“A man who is clean is to gather up the ashes of the heifer and lay them up outside of the camp in a clean place, and it must be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water for impurity; it is a sin offering.
  10He who gathers the ashes of the heifer must wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening, and it will be to the children of Israel and to the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them for a statute forever.

11“He who touches the dead body of any man will be unclean seven days;
  12the same is to purify himself with water on the third day, and on the seventh day he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself the third day, then the seventh day he will not be clean.
  13Whoever touches a dead person, the body of a man who has died, and does not purify himself defiles the tabernacle of Yahweh, and that soul will be cut off from Israel. He will remain unclean because the water for impurity was not sprinkled on him; his uncleanness is still on him.

14“This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent will be unclean seven days.
  15Every open vessel that has no covering bound on it is unclean.
  16Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain with a sword, or a dead body or a bone of a man or a grave, will be unclean seven days.

17“And for the unclean person, they are to take some of the ashes from the burning of the sin offering, and living water is to be added to them in a vessel.
  18and a clean person is to take hyssop and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the vessels, and on the persons who were there and on him who touched the bone, or the slain, or the dead, or the grave:

19And the clean person is to sprinkle on the unclean person on the third day and on the seventh day, and on the seventh day he is to purify him and he must wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and will be clean at evening.
  20But the man who will be unclean and will not purify himself, that soul will be cut off from the midst of the assembly because he has defiled the sanctuary of Yahweh; the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean.
  21It is to be a perpetual statute to them; and he who sprinkles the water for impurity is to wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity will be unclean until evening.
  22Whatever the unclean person touches will be unclean and the soul that touches it will be unclean until evening.”

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