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Leviticus 13:45 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(45) His clothes shall be rent.—As leprosy was regarded as a visitation from God for sin committed by the person thus afflicted, the patient is to rend his garments like one mourning for the dead. (See Lev. 21:10.) During the second Temple the administrators of the law exempted leprous women from rending their clothes, which was evidently owing to a feeling of decorum.

And his head bare.—Better, and his hair be dishevelled. This was another sign of mourning. (See Lev. 10:6.) The legislators during the second Temple also exempted leprous women from letting their hair fall in the disorderly and wild manner over their heads and faces which was the custom for mourners to do.

And he shall put a covering upon his upper lip.—To veil the beard, which was the pride of the Oriental, was also a sign of mourning. (Comp. Eze. 24:17; Eze. 24:22; Mic. 3:7.) This was generally done by throwing the skirt of the garment over the lower part of the chin.

And shall cry, Unclean.—As leprosy was most defiling, and as the very entrance of a leper into a house rendered everything in it unclean, the person thus afflicted had to warn off the passers by, lest they should approach him, and by contact with him become defiled. In some instances this was done by a herald, who preceded the leper. Hence the rendering of the ancient Chaldee paraphrase of Jonathan by “a herald shall proclaim, and say, Depart, depart from the unclean !”

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 13:45 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 13:45 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 13:45 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 13:45 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 13:45 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 13:45 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 13:45 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:45 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:45 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 13:45 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 13:45 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 13:45 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:45 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 13:45 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 13:45 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 13:45 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 13:45 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 13:45 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 13:45 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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