“Then the priest is to write these curses on a scroll and he is to wash them off into the water of bitterness. Bible see other translations

“wash them off into.” The Hebrew is more literally, “blot them into.” Exactly how that was done is not known, but the point is clear: the curses were somehow washed into the water of bitterness, and then the woman drank the water which had the curses.

Commentary for: Numbers 5:23