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Leviticus 13:40 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(40) And the man whose hair is fallen off—Better, And if a man loseth the hair of his head. The sixth and last case, discussed in Lev. 13:40-44, is leprosy either at the back or in the front of the head. Though baldness in itself was regarded as a disgrace, and often looked upon as a Divine punishment (2Ki. 2:23; Isa. 3:17; Jer. 48:37), yet the simple fact of the mere falling of the hair is not to be taken as a sign of leprosy.

He is bald; yet is he clean.—Better, if he is backhead bald, he is clean. The baldness mentioned in the first part of the verse in general terms is now more minutely specified as consisting of two kinds of baldness.

Lev. 13:41-42 distinctly show that the word (kçrçach), here translated simply “bald” in the Authorised Version, denotes a person who has lost hair from the crown of his head downwards towards the channel of his neck, as the administrators of the law during the second Temple rightly define it, in contradistinction to the fore baldness which immediately follows.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 13:40 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 13:40 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 13:40 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 13:40 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:40 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:40 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 13:40 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 13:40 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 13:40 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 13:40 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 13:40 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 13:40 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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