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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Leviticus 14:21-32

We have here the gracious provision which the law made for the cleansing of poor lepers. If they were not able to bring three lambs, and three tenth-deals of flour, they must bring one lamb, and one tenth-deal of flour, and, instead of the other two lambs, two turtle-doves or two young pigeons, Lev. 14:21, 22. Here see, 1. That the poverty of the person concerned would not excuse him if he brought no offering at all. Let none think that because they are poor God requires no service from them,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Leviticus 14:30

And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves ,.... See Gill on Leviticus 14:22 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-32

The cleansing of the leper represents the absolution of the sinner, as his exclusion from the camp represented spiritual excommunication. I. THE LAW OF CHRISTIAN EXCOMMUNICATION AND ABSOLUTION , "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" ( Matthew 16:19 ). "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-57

The cleansing of sin as illustrated in the cleansing of the leper. cf. 2 Kings 5:1-27 ; Matthew 8:1-4 ; Luke 5:12-15 . We have seen the possibility of a cure of leprosy in the directions for its diagnosis given to the priests. The cured leper had also to be cleansed before admitted to the society of the faithful. In this chapter we have the cleansing of the leper detailed. In this we are to discern the cleansing of sin. Naaman's case is instructive upon this point. He was cured by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:9-32

The ceremonies in the second stage of cleansing, which restored the late outcast to his home and to his covenant-right, were the following; 1 . At the end of seven days he repeated the process of washing, shaving, and bathing. 2 . On the eighth day he brought a lamb for a trespass offering, a leg of oil, a meat offering, a sin offering, and a burnt offering. 3 . The priest that officiated at the cleansing presented him and his offerings at the door of the tabernacle. 4 . He... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:10-32

The cleansing of the leper-ceremony in the tabernacle. The ceremonies for the cleansing of the leper were distributed into two series. The first were conducted "outside the camp." This suggests that the leper must be taken not only as a type of sinners in general, but of the "sinners of the Gentiles" in particular (comp. Hebrews 13:10-12 ). The ceremony in the tabernacle, therefore, must refer to the reception of the Gentiles by the gospel into the fellowship of the saints. We notice— ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:21-32

And if he be poor, and cannot get so much. The concession to poverty consists in the substitution of two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, for the two lambs required for the sin offering and the burnt offering, and one tenth-deal of flour for three tenth-deals of flour in the meat offering. But no difference is made as to the lamb required for the trespass offering, or the log of oil. These must be provided by the poor as well as by the rich, and the ceremonies used at their offering must... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:21-32

Divine considerateness. If there had been one parenthetical verso introduced or added intimating that Divine allowance would be made for the poor, we should have thought that sufficient for the purpose. But we have more than that here. We have legislation for the poor fully stated, and the whole body of injunctions restated for their especial benefit ( Leviticus 14:21-32 ). This brings out into hold relief God's mindfulness of the peculiar necessities of men—his Divine considerateness.... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-32

Restoration after healing (14:1-32)A lengthy ritual was laid down for the restoration of a cleansed leper or any other person who had been healed of an infectious skin disease. The ritual lasted more than a week, and began at the place where the person was temporarily living outside the camp (14:1-3; cf. v. 10).The cleansed person, previously ‘dead’ through his disease, symbolized his ‘death’ by killing a bird, symbolized his cleansing by draining the bird’s blood into a bowl of pure water, and... read more

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