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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Leviticus 13:18-37

The priest is here instructed what judgment to make if there was any appearance of a leprosy, either, 1. In an old ulcer, or bile, that has been healed, Lev. 13:18 When old sores, that seemed to be cured, break out again, it is to be feared there is a leprosy in them; such is the danger of those who, having escaped the pollutions of the world, are again entangled therein and overcome. Or, 2. In a burn by accident, for this seems to be meant, Lev. 13:24 The burning of strife and contention... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Leviticus 13:24

Or if there be any flesh, in the skin whereof there is a hot burning ,.... Or "a burning of fire" F18 מכות אש "adustio ignis", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Termellius, Piscator. : it is asked, what is a burning? that which is burnt with a coal or with hot ashes; all that is from the force of fire is burning F19 Misn. Negaim, c. 9. sect. 1. & Maimon. in ib. c. 6. sect. 8. ; that is, whatever sore, pustule, or blister, is occasioned by fire touching the part, or by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 13:1-46

The name leprosy has been made to cover a number of diseases similar but not identical in character. There are many spurious forms of leprosy, and many diseases akin to leprosy which do not now come under discussion. The disease here dealt with is elephantiasis, especially in its anesthetic form, which is otherwise called white leprosy. The two varieties of elephantiasis—the tuberculated and the anesthetic—are, however, so closely connected together that they cannot be separated, the one.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 13:1-59

The diagnosis of sin as illustrated in the leprosy. cf. 2 Kings 5:1-27 : Psalms 88:1-18 ; Matthew 8:1-4 ; Luke 5:12-15 . The preceding chapter brings forward sin as an inheritance through ordinary generation. No thorough sense or treatment of sin can be reached unless it is recognized as a nature. But God went further in his education of his people. He took one disease with unmistakable characteristics; he legislated about it, doomed the possessor of it to a certain treatment,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 13:1-59

Leprosy. That leprosy is a type of sin is evident from David's allusion in confessing his own horrible offenses (see Psalms 51:7 )? This also appears from the words of Jesus to the only leper, out of the ten cleansed by him, who returned to give glory to God: "Thy faith hath saved thee" (see Luke 17:11-19 ). The others had faith which availed them to remove the leprosy of the body; but this man's faith availed to remove the leprosy of the soul. Hence this plague often came as a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 13:1-59

The priest's adjudication. We have considered the plague of leprosy as an emblem of sin; the adjudication upon it will suggest thoughts concerning the treatment of sin. In this business the principal actor was the priest, who must be viewed as the type of Christ. The judgment in this case will be disciplinary rather than final; for when Messiah will come to judge the world at the last day, he will appear not as a priest but as a king. We are now concerned with the functions of the priest. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 13:24-28

The method of discriminating between a leprous spot and the scar of a burn. If there be any flesh, in the skin whereof there is a hot burning . This rendering indicates that the authors of the Authorized Version thought a disease of the nature of a carbuncle to be meant; but it is better to take the words literally as they are translated in the margin, If there be any flesh, in the skin whereof there is a burning of fire; that is, a scar from a burn, The leprous spot and the scar are to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Leviticus 13:24

The sense of this verse is: “Or if there be flesh of which the skin has been affected by severe inflammation, and the sore of the inflammation has become a glossy spot, somewhat reddish or white.” read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Leviticus 13:21-24

Leviticus 13:21-24. Dark Or, and be contracted. A plague Or, the plague of leprosy, of which he is speaking. A hot burning A burning of fire, by the touch of any hot iron, or burning coals, which naturally makes an ulcer or sore in which the following spot is. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Leviticus 13:1-59

Detection of leprosy (13:1-59)Biblical scholars and medical scientists alike have shown that the leprosy the Old Testament speaks of was not always the disease that we know as leprosy today. The word had a broad meaning that covered a number of infectious skin diseases, some of which were curable. It applied even to fungus or mildew on clothes and buildings.Laws laid down in these chapters concerned two main things. Firstly, because such disease was symbolic of sin, it made people ceremonially... read more

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