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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 13:36

Then the priest shall look on him ,.... Again, and which is no less than the fourth time; for notwithstanding his being pronounced clean, he was still subject to the inspection of the priest, if any alteration appeared: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin ; which was a certain sign of a leprosy: the priest shall not seek for yellow hair ; or be solicitous about that, whether there is any or not, for either one or the other of these signs were sufficient to determine the... 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 13:29-37

The method of discriminating between a leprous spot on the head or beard and an ulcer in the same place. The symptoms of leprosy are the same as before, except that the hairs in this case are of a reddish-yellow colour instead of white. The treatment is also the same, with the addition of shaving the head or beard except at the place where the suspicious spot has appeared. In Leviticus 13:31 the priest is ordered to shut up (or bandage) the patient, if We should have expected rather from... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Leviticus 13:36

Leviticus 13:36. He shall not seek He need not search for the hair, or any other sign, the spreading of it being a sure sign of leprosy. 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

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Leviticus 13:1-46

Abnormalities in human skin 13:1-46God dealt with 21 different cases of skin diseases in this pericope. Some of these may have included measles, smallpox, scarlet fever, and other diseases characterized by skin rash. [Note: Harris, p. 577.] Some authorities believe that exact identification of the various forms of scaly skin disorders described in this chapter is impossible today. [Note: Browne, pp. 5-6.] Others feel more confident. One authority suggested the following identifications. [Note:... read more

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