Levítico 13

1 Jehovah gave Moses and Aaron these regulations:

2 »If any of you have a sore on your skin or a boil or an inflammation that could develop into a dreaded skin disease, you shall be brought to the priest.

3 »The priest will examine the sore. If the hairs in it have turned white and the sore appears to be deeper than the surrounding skin, it is a dreaded skin disease, and the priest will pronounce you unclean.

4 »If the sore is white and does not appear to be deeper than the skin around it and the hairs have not turned white, the priest will isolate you for seven days.

5 »The priest will examine you again on the seventh day. If in his opinion the sore looks the same and has not spread, he will isolate you for another seven days.

6 »The priest will examine you again on the seventh day. If the sore has faded and has not spread, he will pronounce you ritually clean. It is only a sore. You will wash your clothes and be ritually clean.

7 »If the sore spreads after the priest has examined you and pronounced you clean, you must return to the priest again.

8 »The priest will examine you again. If it has spread, he will pronounce you unclean. It is a dreaded skin disease.

9 »If any of you have a dreaded skin disease, you should be brought to the priest.

10 »He will examine you. If there is a white sore on your skin that turns the hairs white and is full of pus,

11 it is a chronic skin disease. The priest will pronounce you unclean. There is no need to isolate you. You are obviously unclean.

12 »If the skin disease spreads and covers you from head to foot,

13 the priest should examine you again. If he finds that it actually has covered the whole body, he will pronounce you ritually clean. If your whole skin has turned white you are ritually clean.

14 »The moment an open sore appears you are unclean.

15 »The priest will examine you again. If he sees an open sore, he will pronounce you unclean. An open sore means a dreaded skin disease. You are unclean.

16 »When the sore heals and becomes white again, you should go to the priest.

17 »He will examine you again. If the sore has turned white you are ritually clean. The priest will pronounce you clean.

18 »If you have a boil that has healed

19 and if afterward a white swelling or a reddish-white spot appears where the boil was, you should go to the priest.

20 »The priest will examine you. If the spot seems to be deeper than the surrounding skin and the hairs in it have turned white, he will pronounce you unclean. It is a dreaded skin disease that has started in the boil.

21 »If the priest examines it and finds that the hairs in it have not turned white and that it is not deeper than the surrounding skin, but is light in color, the priest will isolate you for seven days.

22 »If the spot spreads the priest shall pronounce you unclean. You are diseased.

23 »If it remains unchanged and does not spread, it is only the scar left from the boil. The priest will pronounce you ritually clean.

24 »In case any of you have been burned. If the raw flesh becomes white or reddish-white,

25 the priest will examine it. If the hair on the affected area has turned white and the affected area looks deeper than the rest of the skin, an infectious skin disease has developed in the burn. The priest will pronounce you unclean. It is an infectious skin disease.

26 »But if the priest examines it and the hair in it is not white and the affected area is not deeper than the rest of the skin but has faded, the priest must put you in isolation for seven days.

27 »The priest will examine you again on the seventh day. If it is spreading it is a dreaded skin disease. The priest will pronounce you unclean.

28 »If the spot remains unchanged and does not spread and is light in color, it is not a dreaded skin disease. The priest will pronounce you ritually clean, because it is only a scar from the burn.

29 »When any of you, male or female, have a sore on your head or chin,

30 the priest will examine it. If it seems to be deeper than the surrounding skin and the hairs in it are yellowish and thin, it is a dreaded skin disease. He will declare you unclean.

31 »If the priest examines you and finds the sore does not appear to be deeper than the surrounding skin, but there are still no healthy hairs in it, he will isolate you for seven days.

32 »The priest will examine the sore again on the seventh day. If it has not spread and there are no yellowish hairs in it and it does not seem to be deeper than the surrounding skin,

33 you will shave the head accept the area around the sore. The priest will isolate you for another seven days.

34 »The priest will again examine the sore on the seventh day. If it has not spread and does not seem to be deeper than the surrounding skin, he will declare you ritually clean. You will wash your clothes. You will be clean.

35 »If the sore spreads after you have been pronounced clean,

36 the priest will examine you again. If the sore has spread, he need not look for yellowish hairs. You are obviously unclean.

37 »If in the priest's opinion the sore has not spread and healthy hairs are growing in it, the sore has healed. The priest will pronounce you ritually clean.

38 »When you, male or female, have white spots on the skin,

39 the priest shall examine you. If the spots are dull white, it is only a blemish that has broken out on the skin. You are ritually clean.

40 »Loss of hair makes one bald not unclean.

41 »Hair losses from the forehead or the back of the head do not make one unclean.

42 »If a reddish-white sore appears on the bald spot, it is a dreaded skin disease.

43 »The priest will examine you. If there is a reddish-white sore,

44 the priest will declare you unclean. You have a dreaded skin disease on your head.

45 »If you have a dreaded skin disease, you must wear torn clothes, leave your hair uncombed, cover the lower part of your face, and call out: Unclean, unclean!

46 »You remain unclean as long as you have the disease. You must live outside the camp, away from others.

47 »When there is mildew on clothing, whether wool or linen,

48 or on any woven piece of linen or wool cloth or on leather or anything made of leather,

49 if it is greenish or reddish, it is a spreading mildew and must be shown to the priest.

50 »The priest shall examine it and put the object away for seven days.

51 »He will examine it again on the seventh day. If the mildew has spread, the object is unclean.

52 »The priest will burn it, because it is a spreading mildew. It must be destroyed by fire.

53 »If the priest finds that the mildew has not spread on the object,

54 he will order that it be washed and put away for another seven days.

55 »He shall examine it again and if the mildew has not changed color, even though it has not spread, it is still unclean. You must burn the object, whether the rot is on the front or the back.

56 »When the priest examines it again, the mildew has faded; he will tear it out of the clothing or leather.

57 »Then if the mildew reappears, it is spreading again, and the owner must burn the object.

58 »If he washes the object and the spot disappears, he should wash it again. It will be ritually clean.«

59 This is the law about mildew on clothing. Whether it is wool or linen, or on linen or wool cloth or on anything made of leather; this is how the decision is made as to whether it is ritually clean or unclean.