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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-9

Here, I. It is supposed that the plague of the leprosy was not an incurable disease. Uzziah's indeed continued to the day of his death, and Gehazi's was entailed upon his seed; but Miriam's lasted only seven days: we may suppose that it often wore off in process of time. Though God contend long, he will not contend for ever. II. The judgment of the cure, as well as that of the disease, was referred to the priest. He must go out of the camp to the leper, to see whether his leprosy was healed,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Leviticus 14:5

And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed ,.... That is, shall command another priest to kill one of them, or an Israelite, as Aben Ezra; and who also observes, that some say the leper, or the butcher, as the Targum of Jonathan; the killing of this bird, not being a sacrifice, might be done without the camp, as it was, and not at the altar, near to which sacrifices were slain, and where they were offered: and this was to be done in an earthen vessel over running water ... read more

Adam Clarke

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

Over running water - Literally, living, that is, spring water. The meaning appears to be this: Some water (about a quarter of a log, an eggshell and a half full, according to the rabbins) was taken from a spring, and put into a clean earthen vessel, and they killed the bird over this water, that the blood might drop into it; and in this blood and water mixed, they dipped the instrument before described, and sprinkled it seven times upon the person who was to be cleansed. The living or spring... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-9

The cleansing of the leper-ceremonies outside the camp. As leprosy is evidently a remarkable emblem of sin, so must the cleansing of the leper represent the purification of the sinner, and the laws of the cleansing, the provisions of the gospel. The text brings under our notice— I. THE CONDITIONS REQUIRED . These were: 1 . That the leprosy be healed. 2 . That the priest certify the fact. II. THE OFFERING MADE . 1 . The sacrifice. 2 . Its... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-20

Restoration suggestions. The ceremonies here enjoined in the event of leprosy being healed suggest four things. I. AN INTERESTING PASSAGE IN THE LIFE OF OUR LORD . Our Saviour's experiences may be divided into: Of these the last may be the least important, but they will never be unimportant. They will always remain one strong, convincing proof of his Godhead. And of these works the healing of leprosy—incurable by human art—was one of the most decisive. In this work... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 14:1-20

Thorough purification. Spiritual disease is often neglected by persons who are extremely anxious respecting some disease of the physical frame. For the former they seek no remedy, and display no concern as to its ultimate issue, whereas the latter is viewed with unceasing distress. Would that every spiritual leper entertained just conceptions regarding his state! The ceremonies of this chapter are pregnant with interest for us today. Two stages in the leper's cleansing are set before us. ... 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 14:4-9

Admission (or readmission). When leprosy had departed from the flesh, he who had been, but no longer remained, a leper was, in the sight of Jehovah and of his people, still ceremonially unclean. He was in a bodily condition which made him readmissible to Divine and human fellowship, but he must first "be cleansed" ( Leviticus 14:4 ) before he would be readmitted. The ceremonies here prescribed give a picture of our readmission to the favour of God and the fellowship of his people. ... read more

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