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Leviticus 14:5 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(5) And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed.—Rather, And the priest shall command, and he shall kill the one bird, that is, upon the priest ordering it, the cured leper is to kill the one which is the fairer and better bird of the two, as was the rule during the second Temple. Not being a sacrifice, the victim was killed outside the camp.

In an earthen vessel over running water.—Better, over an earthen vessel upon (or into) living water, that is, the bird was killed over the dish, so as to let the blood flow into the water. The vessel had to be a new one; into it was poured a fourth part of a log, or as much as an egg and a-half of “living water:” that is, water taken from a running stream or a perennial spring, where its continual motion resembles life, in contradistinction to stale or stagnant water. Water which had already been used for other purposes, salt water, rain water, or water which had been melted or warmed, was illegal. When the blood had thus been wrung into it, a hole was dug, and the bird was buried in the presence of the priest and the patient.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 14:5 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 14:5 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 14:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 14:5 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 14:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 14:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 14:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 14:5 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 14:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 14:5 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 14:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 14:5 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 14:5 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 14:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 14:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 14:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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