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Leviticus 13:3 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(3) When the hair in the plague is turned white.—Better, and the hair in the plagued spot, &c. The first symptom indicating the existence of the disorder is that the hair, which is generally jet-black among the Hebrews, turns white on the affected spot. The authorities during the second Temple defined it that there must at least be two hairs white, at the root and in the body of the bright spot, before the patient can be declared unclean. The word plague, in accordance with a usage common in Hebrew—to put the abstract for the concrete—denotes here the plagued spot, or the spot affected by the plague, whilst in Lev. 13:4 it means the person affected by this disorder. Thus in Lev. 19:32, “the hoary head” stands for hoary-headed person.

And the plague in sight be deeper than the skin.—Better, and the appearance of the plagued spot be deeper, &c. The second symptom which shows the development of the disorder is that the spot affected by this plague appears to be deeper than the rest of the skin.

Pronounce him unclean.—Literally, make him unclean. According to the frequently occurring phraseology a man is said to do that which in his official capacity he pronounces as done, or orders to be done. Thus Ezekiel is said “to destroy the city” when he simply foretold its destruction (Eze. 43:3). The existence of these two symptoms made it incumbent upon the priest to declare the person unclean, and hence imparting defilement.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 13:3 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 13:3 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 13:3 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 13:3 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 13:3 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 13:3 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 13:3 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:3 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 13:3 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 13:3 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:3 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 13:3 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 13:3 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 13:3 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:3 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 13:3 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)