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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Leviticus 15:1-18

We have here the law concerning the ceremonial uncleanness that was contracted by running issues in men. It is called in the margin (Lev. 15:2) the running of the reins: a very grievous and loathsome disease, which was, usually the effect and consequent of wantonness and uncleanness, and a dissolute course of life, filling men's bones with the sins of their youth, and leaving them to mourn at the last, when all the pleasures of their wickedness have vanished, and nothing remains but the pain... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Leviticus 15:5

And whosoever toucheth his bed ,.... Is unclean. According to the Misnah F24 Zabim, ut supra. (c. 2. sect. 4.) , a bed defiles a man seven ways, so as to defile garments; standing, sitting, lying, hanging, and leaning, and by touching, and by bearing: shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water ; in forty seahs of water, as the Targum of Jonathan: and be unclean until the even ; be unfit for conversation with other men till the even, though both his body and clothes... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 15:1-33

Secret sins. cf. Psalms 19:12 ; 1 Timothy 1:13 . We have already had occasion to discern as a clear lesson of the old ritual that sin is a nature. The old law did not confine itself to overt acts, but insisted on "sins of ignorance" being regarded as elements of guilt (cf. 1 Timothy 4:1-16 .). Then again we have sin shown to originate in birth (chapter 12); we have its tangible effects strikingly illustrated in the law of the leprosy (chapters 13, 14); and now we have the analysis... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 15:1-33

Uncleanness. Had sin never entered, there had been no disease. Diseases are consequences of sin; their symptoms are therefore taken as emblems of it. So when our Lord miraculously "healed all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease," he evinced ability to remove all corresponding moral evil. The examples specified in the Law are typical or representative, and are such as have symptoms pronounced and visible. I. THOSE WHO HAD ISSUES IN THE FLESH WERE UNCLEAN . ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 15:1-33

Personal purity. It is not permissible to treat this chapter in any detail; to do so would he to act inconsistently with the very object of the legislation, viz, the encouragement of all delicacy of thought as well as propriety of conduct. But the fact that such a chapter as this (with others like it) is found in Scripture is suggestive and instructive. We gather— I. THAT PERSONAL PURITY WAS AND IS A MATTER OF THE VERY GREATEST CONSEQUENCE IN THE SIGHT OF... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Leviticus 15:2-15

The first case of an issue. It appears to be identical with the disease called by physicians gonorrhea, or, perhaps, blenorrhea (cf. Leviticus 22:4 ; Numbers 5:2 ). read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Leviticus 15:1-33

Discharges from sexual organs (15:1-33)Strict precautions were to be taken when a man was found to have venereal disease or some other infection connected with his sexual organs, to prevent the infection spreading to others (15:1-12). After apparent healing, the man had to wait a further week to ensure he was fully healed. He then carried out cleansing rites, offering a sin offering and a burnt offering (13-15).After sexual intercourse, ceremonial uncleanness remained only till evening and was... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Leviticus 15:1-15

The first case is the secretion caused by some disease affecting a man’s sexual organs. The Hebrew word basar, translated "flesh" (Leviticus 15:2, et al.) has a wide range of meanings. In this context it clearly refers to the woman’s vagina (Leviticus 15:19) and so apparently to the man’s penis in Leviticus 15:2-3. The writer did not describe the physical problem in detail. The terms used seem to refer to either a diseased flow of semen (gonorrhea) or a discharge of pus from the urethra. [Note:... read more

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