Leviticus 15:13 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(13) And when he . . . is cleansed of his issue.—That is, recovered or healed of his infirmity (see Lev. 15:28), as the real purification was not accomplished till he had performed the ritual prescribed in this and in the two following verses. He is, however, not to perform these rites as soon as he finds that the issue has ceased, but has to wait seven clear days, so as to afford sufficient time to ascertain whether the infirmity had actually disappeared. If any vestige of it was seen during these seven days, or even at the end of the seventh day, and after he was baptized, he had again to count seven other days.

Bathe his flesh in running water.—Or, more literally, living water. It will be seen that whilst all other defiled persons and things were to be immersed in a collection of water, the restored man who had suffered from the issue in question was ordered to bathe in a fountain or in spring water. For the phrase “living water,” see Lev. 14:5; Lev. 14:50. It is more than probable that the term “flesh” has here, too, the euphemistic sense in which it has hitherto been used in this section. (See Lev. 15:2-3; Lev. 15:7.) This derives support from the fact that whenever bathing of the body is ordered, the phrase for it throughout this section is uniformly “bathe in water” simply, which occurs no less than ten times (Lev. 15:5-8; Lev. 15:10-11; Lev. 15:18; Lev. 15:21-22; Lev. 15:27), and where the Authorised Version has in all cases inserted himself in italics. This, moreover, seems to be confirmed by the fact that in the only passage in this section where the expression “flesh” is used in its literal sense for “body” (see Lev. 15:16), the sacred writer designedly added (ĕth kol) “all,” so that it might be distinguished from the euphemistic sense in which it is used in all the other passages in this section, This, however, would not exclude the bathing of the body as well, but, on the contrary, premises it.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 15:13 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 15:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 15:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 15:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 15:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 15:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 15:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 15:13 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 15:13 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 15:13 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 15:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 15:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 15:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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